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André CAPLET (1878-1925)

Le Vieux Coffret
Viens! Une Flute Invisible
La Croix Douloureuse

Trois Fables de La Fontaine

Cinq Ballades Françaises

Lionel Peintre (bar)
Alain Jacquon (piano)
Etienne Plasman (flute)
rec Luxembourg, Villa Louvigny 18-20 Sept 2000
TIMPANI C10518 [62.32]

Peintre and Jacquon are stalwarts of the Timpani label and each is in warm and subtle form for these songs. Peintre has an exultantly generous tone illustrated by the third song in Le Vieux Coffret. Caplet's mode is bound up in nostalgic oneiromancy and impressionism. His songs are consistent in mood and completely accomplished in conjuring and sustaining the inherent sigh and nostalgia. If you are trying to get a handle on his sound then think in terms of Debussy and Delage as well as the dreamier songs of Poulenc.

Etienne Plasman plays Syrinx to Peintre and Jacquon in the Grecian idyll of Viens! Une flute invisible. The flute also appears in Ecoute: assertive and masculine, fiery and virtuosic. The spell is transformed into a Pierrot garden - moonlight and harmonic adventures - in Le Croix and Détresse. The Trois Fables are a chilly step further into the nightmare garden. The Cinq Ballades recall early Britten and late Poulenc - easier to assimilate than the Fables but noticeably on the same developmental dactyl.

Full texts and translations are provided by Timpani. The notes are by Guy Sacre whose own songs are on Timpani 1C1051.

L'Adieu en barque (tr 18), Berceuse (tr. 2) and Viens! Une Flute Invisible (tr.5) are the tracks to sample.

Caplet is a significant songster at ease on the limb established by Debussy and nurtured by Poulenc.

Rob Barnett

The Timpani Melodies series:-

Auric 1C1049
Boulanger 1C1042
Caplet 1C1058
Chabrier 1C1038
Chausson 2C2028
Cras 1C1025
Delage 1C1045
Duparc 1C1053
Emmanuel 1C1030
Honegger 1C1015
Milhaud 1C1022
Sacre 1C1051
Satie 1C1020
Vierne 1C1040
Poulenc and Roussel also


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Le Vieux Coffret:


In una selva oscura


Viens! Une flute invisible

La croix douloureuse



Trois fables de la fontaine:
Le Corbeau et le Renard

La Cigale et la Fourmi

Le Loup et l'Agneau

Cinq ballades Francais:
Cloche d'aube

La Ronde

Notre chaumiere en Yveline

Songe d'une nuit d'ete

L'Adieu en barque

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