Classical Lost and Found
, September 2012
…French composer Jean Cartan’s…early death at twenty-six…deprived the world of an extremely promising musician. Most of his meager output is chamber music, which is sampled on this recent Timpani release.
…there’s a neoclassical transparency throughout the sonatine (sonatina) for flute and clarinet of 1930.
…the second string quartet of 1930–1…has a contrapuntal and chromatic sophistication that surpasses all of the composer’s earlier efforts, making it Cartan’s masterpiece.
All the musicians here are with the Stanislas Ensemble…Its members achieve a new standard of excellence with their performances of these quartets. Their attention to detail and dynamics brings out all the nuances of Cartan’s tightly knit scores.
Flautist Olivier Sauvage and clarinetist Philippe Moinet distinguish themselves in both of the wind selections. They’re joined by equally talented oboist Pierre Colombain, hornist Pierre Riffault, bassoonist Nicolas Tacchi and pianist Catherine Chaufard in the Introduction et Allegro.
Made at the Salle Poirel in Nancy, France, the recordings present a well-focused soundstage in a warm acoustic with the instruments ideally placed and balanced. Vivid strings, fluid winds, and a well-rounded piano tone make for a generally musical sounding disc. © 2012 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review