Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Debussy
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune [transcribed by Benno Sachs for string quartet, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, antique cymbals, piano and harmonium]
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Sonata for Cello and Piano
Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
Syrinx
Boston Symphony Chamber Players
[Joseph Silverstein & Max Hobart (violins), Burton Fine (viola), Jules Eskin (cello), Edwin Barker (double bass), Doriot Anthony Dwyer (flute), Ralph Gomberg (oboe), Harold Wright (clarinet), Everett Firth & Frank Epstein (antique cymbals), Gilbert Kalish (piano) & Jerome Rosen (harmonium) [Faune]

Joseph Silverstein (violin) & Michael Tilson Thomas (piano)

Jules Eskin (cello) & Michael Tilson Thomas (piano)

Doriot Anthony Dwyer (flute), Burton Fine (viola) & Ann Hobson (harp)

Doriot Anthony Dwyer (flute) [Syrinx]

Recorded in 1970 and 1977 (Faune) in Symphony Hall, Boston
CD No: DG ELOQUENCE 476 7703
Duration: 57 minutes
Reviewed: December 2006
This release is launched by Dwyer’s flute: a languorous ‘Faune’, sensitively transcribed by Sachs (around 1920), and has Syrinx ravishingly to itself. In the sonatas, the three that Debussy completed from six, Silverstein is richly elusive, the impassioned Eskin introspective and humorous – interesting to have a young MTT partnering two Boston legends – and the intriguing trio-sonata is cool and elegant.

 

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