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Robert Kirzinger
Fanfare, June 2002

"Performances, by soloists and ensemble familiar with and obviously committed to Prin's work, are excellent, as is the production. Graffin and Artaud are both completely engaged in the artistic demands of the two solo works. I applaud Naxos's service to the classical music listener with its '21st Century Classics' series, which brings to us the music of such underexposed composers as Prin, and many others-need I mention at prices that encourage exploration?"

Paul Turok
Turok’s Choice, May 2002

"Prin writes music that fully partakes of all the sonic inventions of the avant-garde from the 1950's on, but does so with remarkably little aggressiveness. Music for violin, flute, clarinet, and orchestra, excellently performed by members of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France proves sensitive, sometimes beguiling, but eventually over-long for its materials."

Allen Gimbel
American Record Guide, April 2002

"Dioscures (1977, rev. 1984) is a colorful, dream-like work for flute, clarinet, violin, and orchestra. The piece moves in blocks, with lyrical Debussian solos merging into aviary twitterings and sundry expressions of the natural world.. Ephemeres (1973, rev. 1992) is more like a traditional concerto, here for violin and orchestra... The piece is alternately sumptious and enthusiastically virtuosic... Le Souffle d'Iris (1986, rev. 1992), for flute and orchestra, breaks down into three separate movements... Prin's calls of nature are omnipresent, as is his taste for sultry French harmony in the central slow movement... Soloists are impressive, and performances seem well prepared."

Roger Nichols
Gramophone, March 2002

"When you get used to Prin's slowish time-scale, climaxes and relaxations begin to make perfect sense... The composer is finely served by his players, not least by the wonderful Philippe Graffin, who makes the most of his many lyrical moments in Ephémères... The more I play these three pieces, the more this sound, often of exquisite beauty, has to say to me."

Michael Jameson, October 2000

"Although not well known to CD buyers, Yves Prin (b. 1933) is a much respected name in the field of French contemporary music, both as composer and conductor, and his works find their way onto CD for what appears to be the first time on this Naxos release. Prin's musical language is strongly influenced by the exoticism of Olivier Messiaen and the modernity of Boulez, yet the impact of Debussy is only mildly concealed as well in the more lyrical passages of Prin's flute concerto, written for Pierre-Yves Artaud (who also performs it here). With the title Le Souffle d'Iris, the work has three through-composed sections that present a wide range of extraordinary technical demands for the soloist. These include flutter-tonguing, whistle-tone, use of the key mechanism to create percussive effects, and production of a sound that might be the result of the player blowing into the tube of the flute longitudinally from its base rather than transversely via the mouthpiece. In any case, Artaud gives a stunning account, and you'll find the range of sounds he produces quite remarkable.

"Ephemeres, a capriccio for violin and chamber orchestra, was written in 1973 and revised in 1992. Here, Prin 'sought to develop a succession of different aural climates' in a piece that may be strongly affected at will by spontaneous decisions taken by the soloist. Not surprisingly, it has a highly improvisatory nature, and Philippe Graffin's spectacularly imaginative performance endorses Prin's description of the piece as something of an homage to Ravel, particularly his Tzigane. This engrossing issue also includes Prin's Dioscures (1977, rev. 1984) for flute, violin, clarinet, and chamber orchestra. Again, the musical ideas often are highly arresting and severely demanding--and these performers prove fully able to meet the work's requirements. Try this if you're curious, appreciate the adventure of discovering new(er) music, or are simply looking for a positive introduction to Prin's work."

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