Aureole etc.

Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line

Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

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Daniel JEISLER (1877-1959)
Introduction, chorale and variations for organ (1918)
Erik Mohlin (organ)
Cello Sonata No.1 (1921)
Kerstin Elmqvist-Gornall (cello) and Kent Sjöberg (piano)
Five Songs;
Under rönn och syren (1912)
Par ce soir pluvieux (1921)
Les Barques
Rafales díautomne
LíIle de la mort
Kristina Furbacken (soprano) and Kent Sjöberg (piano)
Adagio for string orchestra
Franska radions kammarorkester/Pierre Capdevielle
Recorded 1992 in Göteborg (Organ Introduction) Paris (Sonata and Songs) and from a 1957 ORTF radio broadcast (Adagio)
PROPRIUS PRCD 9111 [66.08]

Born in 1877 in Klockrike, Daniel Jeislerís studies took him to Stockholm, where he excelled on piano and organ but it was in Paris that he spent the majority of his life. There he met Saint-Saëns amongst others, cultivating friendships and accompanying such artists as Ninon Vallin, Pablo Casals and Jacques Thibaud. He was organist at the Swedish Church in Paris for over forty years, inaugurating concerts and composing; four symphonies, sonatas for cello (his wife was a well-known cellist) and other chamber works as well as a large number of songs and organ music.

His Introduction, chorale and variations for organ dates from the last year of the First World War. Itís an attractive work written securely in the French style with an Andante section of powerful and gathering eloquence and intensity. There are times though when, for all its security of technique and musicianship, it does rather tread water. Given his knowledge of the cello his idiomatic writing for it is only to be expected and the 1921 First Cello Sonata, a big work in four movements, is attractively wide-ranging in its freedom. The first movement has an impressionistic burnish though it lacks a certain concision of utterance, whilst the quick second movement is a playful one and adopts a Ravelian cast in its mediation of the past with the present. The old world baroquerie that Jeisler introduces co-exists with scampering writing and amusing pizzicato episodes. Maybe the players could have taken it quicker for optimum effect Ė itís marked Molto Vivace. Jeisler has a long-breathed Adagio but itís not really distinctive enough thematically and I preferred the Finale, which opens musingly before developing some animated and Brahmsian strength with nicely lyric edge.

The Five Songs vary from light, then-contemporary folk style to the use of subtle barquetta rhythm. The most impressive, harmonically, is Rafales díautomne, which would be more than worth hearing in a recital set in its historical and geographical context. Finally the Adagio for string orchestra, taken from a radio broadcast, which is rather Mahlerian (No.5) though it develops some sinewy and agitated writing along the way.

Performances are very sympathetic. There are times when cellist Kerstin Elmqvist-Gornall is too backwardly balanced in the Sonata but it matters very little since the playing is enthusiastic. Soprano Kristina Furbacken has a light attractive voice and does well by the songs. Notes are in French and Swedish.

Jonathan Woolf

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