JEAN-MICHEL DAMASE (1928–2013) : Double Concerto for viola, harp and strings (1990); 

Double Concerto for trumpet, piano and strings (1999); 

Suite in C for chamber orchestra (1994); 

Méandres for oboe and strings (1978); 

Rhapsody for flute and strings (1992); 

 Rhapsody for oboe and strings, Op. 6 (1948). 
 World Premiere Recordings. Andriy Viytovych, viola; 
Hugh Webb, harp; 
Philip Cobb, trumpet; 
Min-Jung Kym, piano; 
Gareth Hulse, oboe; 
Anna Noakes, flute; BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates.

Catalogue Number: 04Z002

Label: Dutton Epoch

Reference: CDLX7410

Format: CD

Price: $19.98

Description: Prodigiously gifted as a child, Jean-Michel Damase (1928–2013) came from a musical family: his mother was the harpist Micheline Kahn (1889–1997), a friend of Fauré who gave the premieres of works such as Ravel’s Introduction et Allegro and Caplet’s Conte fantastique (which was dedicated to her). Growing up in an environment like this, the young Damase made rapid progress as both a pianist and composer. The author Colette (a friend of his mother) encouraged his composing by writing poems for him to set, and his piano playing attracted the attention of Marguérite Long. By the time he was twelve years old, Damase was already studying the piano with Alfred Cortot at the École normale de musique, moving to the Paris Conservatoire a year later and gaining his premier prix in the piano class of 1943. In 1945, he started serious composition studies with Henri Busser and counterpoint with Marcel Dupré. His meteoric rise continued with a premier prix in composition at the Conservatoire in 1947 and the coveted Prix de Rome the same year.


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