Prix : 14,10 €
à Daniel Bimbi et Stéphane Coutable
French composer Jean-Michel Damase has an extensive catalogue of chamber music for winds, and this is a fine addition to the surprisingly rare combination of clarinet and bassoon. While the fourth movement has a song-like melody/accompaniment style, the other five short movements all utilize a very conversational style, with lots of counterpoint, canons and one voice filling in the other's rests. Damase's gentle charm and wit are on display throughout the piece.
The duet is interesting enough for any professional team, and is easily playable by college and advanced high-school students, excepting a very fast passage at the end of the finale. I particularly enjoyed the rhythmic interplay in the mixed-meter fifth movement. The harmonic language is neo-classic and pleasant, though it does tend to dwell on the same sounds for too long. The bassoon part is constantly switching clef, and the use of treble clef for the bassoon is something most players will find needlessly troublesome. It is a fine piece, particularly suitable to those who like this style.
Jean-Michel Damase naît à Bordeaux le 27 janvier 1928 au sein d'une famille de musiciens ; sa mère, la célèbre harpiste Micheline Kahn créa des oeuvres de Fauré, Ravel et Caplet. Il est mort le 21 avril 2013 à Paris.
Précocement doué, Jean-Michel Damase n'a que neuf ans lorsque Colette écrit pour lui trois petits poèmes [...]