[ Harmonia Mundi / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 19 March 2021
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On 1 July 1907 Marcel Proust invited a few of his friends to a private concert he was hosting at the Ritz Hotel. In a letter he wrote two days later to the composer Reynaldo Hahn, the host described the eclectic nature of the programme.
Composers of his day were featured side by side with the masters of the past and of more recent date: Fauré, Wagner, Schumann, Chopin and Couperin.
In recreating the recital's wide range of periods and styles, Théotime Langlois de Swarte and Tanguy de Williencourt also revive the intimacy of the Parisian fin-de-siècle salons and transport us into the fertile musical universe evoked in the pages of Proust's novel, In Search of Lost Time.
GRAMOPHONE Award Nomination 2021 - Chamber
"It's a breathtaking, astonishing disc, and I cannot recommend it too highly." Gramophone Recording of the Month May 2021
"Authenticity is present in an Érard piano, date unspecified, and a Stradivarius violin, the 'Davidoff', which has been held in the Paris Conservatoire museum since 1887, when one of the first students to play it was the 12-year-old Fritz Kreisler. In the hands of the violinist here it 'speaks' with an aristocratic sweetness, aided by his exemplary technique and phrasing." BBC Music
Hahn, R: A Chloris
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 No. 1 'Des Abends'
Chopin: Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major 'Raindrop'
Fauré: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13
Fauré: Berceuse, Op. 16
Couperin, F: Les baricades mistérieuses (from Pièces de clavecin II: Ordre 6ème in B flat)
Fauré: Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1
Fauré: Nocturne No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 63
Liszt: Isolde's Liebestod (after Wagner), S447
Hahn, R: L'heure exquise