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Sonatine, Op 25
1929; dedicated to the critic Roland-Manuel

'L'Album des Six' (CDH55386)
L'Album des Six
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Movement 1: Nonchalant
Track 13 on CDH55386 [3'32] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Lent et soutenu
Track 14 on CDH55386 [2'29] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Assez animé
Track 15 on CDH55386 [3'16] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Sonatine, Op 25
Durey’s Sonatine, Op 25 (1929), dedicated to the critic Roland-Manuel, commences with a movement aptly marked ‘Nonchalant’: the relaxed and sustained flute line periodically acquires increased momentum which is then dissipated; as with the Milhaud the expressive markings are quite detailed, while the 5/8 metre creates some unusual rhythmic groupings. A spaciously free ‘Lent et soutenu’, with modal re-inflections, leads without break into a playful finale (‘Assez animé’), whose continuous triplet-quaver accompaniment on the piano sounds almost automated. Roles are then reversed as the flute provides an arpeggiated descant over a central piano tune; after a short reprise the music dies away, as if in a dream.

from notes by Deborah Mawer © 2001

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Details for CDH55386 track 13
Recording date
22 April 2000
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. L'Album des Six (CDA67204)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: February 2001
    Deletion date: March 2009
    Superseded by CDH55386
  2. L'Album des Six (CDH55386)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: April 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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