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  • Composer: Joseph Jongen
  • Audio CD (5 May 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cypres
  • ASIN: B000079BAJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,874 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Concert à cinq for flute, harp, violin, alto and cello, Op. 7110:39Album Only
Listen  2. Concert à cinq for flute, harp, violin, alto and cello, Op. 71 5:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Concert à cinq for flute, harp, violin, alto and cello, Op. 71 6:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sonate-duo for violin and cello in D, Op. 10913:32Album Only
Listen  5. Danse lente for flute and harp in G-Sharp Major, Op. 56 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Adagio for violin and alto in E Major, Op. 22/1 6:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Deux pièes en trio for flute, cello and harp, Op. 80 7:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Deux pièes en trio for flute, cello and harp, Op. 80 7:14£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Sonate-Duo, op.109 - Concert à cinq, op.71 - Concert à cinq, op.71 - Adagio, op.22/1 - 2 Pièces en trio, op.80 / Ensemble Arpae

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By S. Snailum on 7 Jun. 2012
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I was surprised when I put the CD into my computer to listen when the conents thereof appeared to be written in Korean!!! Apart from that it was fine.
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Some of Jongen's best mature chamber music--a collection of flashing gems in a beautifully organized setting 26 Dec. 2011
By Dace Gisclard - Published on
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For those not familiar with the civilized yet sensual art of Joseph Jongen, he was the major Belgian composer of the early 20th century. His mature idiom accomplishes the seemingly impossible by reconciling the idioms of Ravel, Debussy, Fauré and Franck, while remaining true to the structural aims of Schumann, Brahms and Bruch.

Here, Ensemble Arpae (Aldo Baerten, flute; Sophie Hallynck, harp; Gudrun Vercampt, violin; Diederik Suys, viola; and Marie Hallynck, cello) offers an opportunity to hear some of his best mature chamber music. The program is ordered so that the instrumentation of each work contrasts effectively with the tone-colors of the ensemble that came before and those of the group that follows--surely this was intentional.

The CD begins with the biggest ensemble, the "Concert à cinq," for all the instruments. After a Ravelian/Debussyan movement shot through with sunlight, the slow movement is a pensive Fauré-like song. The brisk finale in triple time puts one in mind of the "Rapsodie Espagnole,"--some of the motifs amount to actual quotes.

Contrast to the lush scoring of the "Concert" is afforded by the austerity of the "Sonate-duo" for violin and cello of 1938. It begins in a severe and bracing manner suggestive of Ravel's sonata for the same instruments (1920-21). Although mostly serene, it passes through a variety of gentle moods, and gradually becomes more ingratiating. There is even a bit of updated Baroque pastiche and Vivaldian bariolage. The performer's unison pizzicati are wonderfully in tune. The full-textured sonorities Jongen extracts from the two instruments belie the Spartan economy of the instrumentation.

After the drier atmosphere of the sonata, the air is "moistened" by the flute and harp version of the relatively familiar "Danse Lente," which will appeal to lovers of Fauré.

The "Adagio" for violin and viola, unlike the other music in the program, is a relatively early work. Its conscious neo-classicism offers a contrast to the "impressionism" of the rest of the program. Although the harmonic language is that of Fauré and Saint-Saëns, the antique gestures suggest a Baroque Sarabande.

The final work (the "Deux Pièces en Trio" for flute, cello and harp) is one I have known since high school from an old Belgian LP--it's good to have a modern recording as fine as this. Again, the scoring is a voluptuous contrast to what went before. The slow first movement suggests the mystical Debussy of "Sébastien". The second is bright and animated (but is still ultra-refined) and partakes of a Ravelian astringency. Perhaps here Jongen relies a bit too much on Debussy/Ravel cliches, but that's no reason to resist their seductions.

This entire program glows and glints like a Tiffany window lit from behind with blazing sunlight--highly recommended to lovers of Ravel, Fauré, and the Debussy of the sonatas. It is played with exquisite taste, sensitive musicality, sumptuous tone and flawless technique by Ensemble Arpae. If this CD is to your taste, I recommend the String Quartets 2 and 3 (No.1, although lovely, is not representative of Jongen's mature idiom, and sounds more like Schumann), the works for piano and strings, and Diane Anderson's recordings of the piano music.
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