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An Interesting Programme of French 20th Century Chamber Works

November 25, 2007

An interesting programme of six 20th century French chamber works, scored for flute, harp, and string trio, was recently recorded for future release on the Naxos label, including Albert Roussel’s Sérénade, Op. 30, Florent Schmitt’s Suite en Rocaille, Op. 84 and Gabriel Pierné’s Variations libres et finale, Op. 51. Also recorded were works by Jean Francaix, Joseph Guy Ropartz and Marcel Tournier.

The artists who gathered together for this recording are five stellar Canadian musicians, known collectively for this project as the Mirage Quintet. Three of  the five are currently principals of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; violinist Jacques Israelievitch, their concertmaster, Teng Li, violist and Winona Zelenka, cellist. Harpist Erica Goodman and flautist Robert Aitken (a former TSO principal) round out this ensemble.

The recording sessions took place from October 6 to 9 at Grace Church in Toronto, Canada, and were produced and engineered by Norbert and Bonnie Kraft.

Mirage Quintet recording session, October 2007


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