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Andante and Allegro

'Chausson: Chamber Music' (CDA67028)
Chausson: Chamber Music
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Movement 1: Andante
Track 6 on CDA67028 [4'56] Last few CD copies remaining
Movement 2: Allegro
Track 7 on CDA67028 [4'23] Last few CD copies remaining

Andante and Allegro
The Andante and Allegro, which has no opus number, is much more adventurous than its simple title implies, not least because, as a young student at the Conservatoire coming late to music, he deliberately chose the clarinet, an instrument which rarely featured in the salons and concert halls and towards which the majority of composers in the nineteenth century only turned late in their careers.

Like any seasoned professional Chausson experimented with all of the expressive and technical possibilities of the clarinet, bringing into play the colours of its different registers, its lyricism and virtuosity, its brightness and mellowness of tone. If the Andante and Allegro reflects the influence of his two professors—Franck’s density of texture and Massenet’s refined lyricism—it also reveals an individual style characterized by abundant modulations, numerous seventh-chords on the piano, and a fusion of binary and ternary rhythms. From the opening bars a full-bodied and eloquent dialogue is established between the two instruments, low down on the keyboard, higher on the clarinet which, in the Allegro, seeks to express itself more forcefully, yet very discreetly.

from notes by Jean Gallois © 1998
English: Celia Ballantyne

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Details for CDA67028 track 7
Recording date
28 September 1997
Recording venue
La Galerie des Franciscains, Saint-Nazaire, France
Recording producer
Arnout Probst
Recording engineer
Tom Peeters
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    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: April 1998
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