REYNALDO HAHN (1874-1947): Concerto provençal for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn and String Orchestra, Le bal de Béatrice d'Este for Winds, Piano, 2 Harps and Percussion, Divertissement pour une fête de nuit for Winds, Piano, Percussion and String Quartet*, Sérénade for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon*. * - World Premiere Recordings.
Catalogue Number: 06Q002
Description: The first recordings are the 1931 Divertissement, whose unusual scoring includes saxophone, evoks the nocturnal celebrations of olden times in Vienna and includes a Haydn pastiche, a graceful minuet, a serene Canzone and a languorous but also harmonically and rhythmically surprising waltz. The little ten-minute Sérénade (1942) is yet another fine example of what the French can do with a few wind instruments. Le Bal (1905), like the Divertissement, is an evocation of the past, this time 17th century Italy but the main work has to be the concerto, probably dating from 1944, each of whose three movements evokes a type of tree in Provence: two effusions of beautiful, lyrical melody and a lively dancing finale. Julien Vern (flute), François Lemoine (clarinet), Frank Sibold (bassoon), Julien Desplanque (horn), Ensemble Initium, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie; Nicolas Chalvin.