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Le parfum français

Azahar Ensemble delves into the French repertoire


Claude Debussy (1862-1918) - Prélude Livre I:VIII “La fille aux cheveux de lin” (Arr.: J.Kowalewsky)- 4’

Sandor Veress (1907-1992) - Diptych for Wind Quintet -11’

-Claude-Paul Taffanel (1844-1908) - Bläserquintett in g-moll- 24'


Henri Tomasi (1901-1971) - 5 Dances Profanes et Sacrées pour quintette à vent- 15’ -

Frederic Sánchez (*1987) - “Azahar” Sobre un poema de Miguel Hernández- 4’ 

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) - Sonatine in F-moll M. 40 (Arr.: Wayne Peterson) - 12’ 

Azahar Ensemble delves into the French repertoire. The romantic and operatic style of the flutist and composer Paul Taffanel contrasts with the warm and velvety sonorities of Debussy and Ravel; the two great impressionist composers. Henri Tomasi proposes a more incisive style, with ecstatic rhythms and unstable harmonies. As a contrast to this world, the Diptych by the hungarian-swiss composer Sándor Véress explotes to the maximum the capabilities of the wind quintet and uses modal sonorities as well as danceable rythms, clearly influenced by the music of Béla Bartók. The piece „Azahar“, written by the flutist of our quintet, is a very consonant description of a poem by Miguel Hernández in which the image of a flower of orange blossom seen at midnight is evoked.