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KOECHLIN, C.: Heures persanes (Les) (van Raat)


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KOECHLIN, C.: Heures persanes (Les) (van Raat)

A pupil of Massenet and Fauré, the prolific French composer and teacher Charles Koechlin expanded traditional harmonies and compositional techniques and was much admired by his contemporaries. Les heures persanes was inspired by Vers Ispahan, Pierre Loti’s diary of a journey through Persia. Oriental atmospheres are recreated through cycles of day and night, and in piano writing completely new for its time. This evocative piece salutes Koechlin’s musical forebears as well as foreshadowing Messiaen through the “passionate and skilled” (The Sunday Times on 8.572570) advocacy of Ralph van Raat.

Koechlin, Charles

  Les heures persanes, Op. 65
1.   No. 1. Sieste, avant le depart: Lent 00:03:37
2.   No. 2. La caravane (reve, pendant la sieste): Pas vite 00:05:53
3.   No. 3. L'escalade obscure: Adagio (non troppo) 00:01:54
4.   No. 4. Matin frais, dans la haute vallee: Pas trop lent 00:02:50
5.   No. 5. En vue de la ville: Moderato 00:01:47
6.   No. 6. A travers les rues: Allegro vivo 00:04:06
7.   No. 7. Chant du soir: Tres calme 00:02:06
8.   No. 8. Clair de lune sur les terrasses: Andante moderato 00:03:10
9.   No. 9. Aubade: Moderato 00:02:22
10.   No. 10. Roses au soleil de midi: Presque adagio 00:02:23
11.   No. 11. A l'ombre, pres de la fontaine de marbre: Moderato 00:02:24
12.   No. 12. Arabesques: Allegro (non troppo) 00:01:46
13.   No. 13. Les collines, au coucher du soleil: Tres calme 00:02:43
14.   No. 14. Le conteur: Assez lent - Le Pecheur et le Genni - Le Palais enchante - Danse d'adolescents - Claire de lune sur les jardins 00:07:27
15.   No. 15. La paix du soir, au cimetiere: Assez lent 00:06:22
16.   No. 16. Derviches dans la nuit: Assez anime, nocturne, mysterieux - Variante - Clair de lune sur la place deserte 00:05:53

Total Playing Time: 00:56:43

Koechlin, Charles

van Raat, Ralph

Label: Naxos

Genre: Instrumental

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.572473

Barcode: 747313247370

Physical Release: 01/2012

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