Jeremy Polmear, Anthony Robb & Michael Bell | Vive La Différence

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Vive La Différence

by Jeremy Polmear, Anthony Robb & Michael Bell

The two vibrant musical cultures of Britain and France are celebrated with music from each.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Damase Trio: I. Molto Moderato
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2. Damase Trio: II. Allegretto Con Spirito
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3. Damase Trio: III. Allegro Scherzando
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4:37 album only
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4. Damase Trio: IV. Moderato
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5:43 album only
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5. D'un Matin De Printemps (1918): Assez Anime
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4:51 album only
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6. Ibert Deux Interludes: I. Andante espressivo
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2:59 album only
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7. Ibert Deux Interludes: II. Allegro Vivo
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3:52 album only
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8. Delius Intermezzo from Fennimore & Gerda
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4:24 album only
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9. Jacob Trio: I. Allegro
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2:40 album only
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10. Jacob Trio: II. Adagio
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3:28 album only
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11. Jacob Trio: III. Allegro
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4:03 album only
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12. Jacob Trio: IV. Allegro molto
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2:21 album only
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13. Naylor Trio: Moderato Semplice
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5:28 album only
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14. Goossens Pastoral and Harlequinade: I. Pastoral
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4:19 album only
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15. Goossens Pastoral and Harlequinade: II. Harlequinade
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2:44 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
" la musique française, c’est la clarté, l’élégance, la déclamation simple et naturelle ; la musique française veut, avant tout, faire plaisir " [French music is clarity, elegance and simple and natural declaration; above all, French music wants to please.]
Claude Debussy

"I am drawn to English music because it reflects the climate and the vegetation which know no sharp edges... it is a very human music, not given to shattering utterances, to human emotion in the abstract, but to a single person's experience."
Yehudi Menuhin

The musical cultures of Britain and France in the mid-twentieth century were very different. France was ever moving away from German Romanticism, first with the Impressionism of Debussy and Ravel, then with the revolution of Erik Satie, Jean Cocteau and Les Six, the presence of Stravinsky, and the teaching of Nadia Boulanger making France (specifically, Paris) the centre of the western classical music world.

Britain, too, was doing well. After a century of hosting foreign artists and enjoying the creativity of others, composers such as Parry and Stanford began a musical renaissance, giving rise to a rich harvest of works from the likes of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Bliss, Maconchy, Bax and Britten. (All these composers wrote chamber music for the oboe.)

What is noticeable in the collection on this album is how the British composers are influenced by the French, but not the other way around. Given the supremacy of Paris at the time this is not surprising. As well as describing a delightful collection of pieces for flute, oboe and piano, the CD booklet also considers if the generalisations of Debussy and Menuhin can be applied to this music from our two countries.

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