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FY SOLSTICE Productions

 

DINU LIPATTI - THE LAST RECITAL

From the original master tape



The aim of the present release of Dinu Lipatti’s last recital at the Besançon Festival – about which we know the dramatic conditions in which it took place – is to give, for the first time, a version not only complete but going back to the best sources. And it is once again thanks to the I.N.A. (National Audiovisual Institute) that, by chance, we found the original tape from 1950, recorded with the means of the French Radio (R.T.F.). Solstice elected to release this recital as preserved on the original tapes – with the presence of hiss. This was an artistic choice stemming from a concern for authenticity. With all the customary reservations, we thus have grounds for considering the present version historic.
Yvette Carbou

ref. SOCD 358

Christmas Night

At Notre-Dame in Paris


This record is an attempt to evoke the enchantment of Christmas Eve which, every year, drew thousands of people to Notre-Dame. They come seeking to recapture something of the wonder of this most ancient of all feasts. All the works on this record were sung in the cathedral at Christmas 1973. Each lends its own touch to the rich luminosity of the picture of the Nativity.

ref. SOCD 906

EDITH CANAT DE CHIZY

VISIO


Were it necessary to define Edith Canat de Chizy's sound universe as accurately as possible, the words 'energy', 'tension' and 'movement' would immediately spring to mind, so much does the urgency of this music seem projected towards an elsewhere dictated by the imagination. This is one of the reasons for which the composer refutes any system that would mistreat her spirit of invention and risk diverting its trajectory.
Michèle Tosi

ref. SOCD 359
 

Great Hours of Liturgy

At Notre-Dame in Paris


Conceived even before the tragic fire that ravaged Notre-Dame, condemning it to silence for a number of years, this timely rerelease comes to bring back to life the ceremonies that punctuated a bygone era, an era which, in the 1970s under the direction of Archpriest Berrar, was animated by a phalanx of outstanding musicians led by the mai?tre de chapelle Jehan Revert and organist Pierre Cochereau. Many things have changed since then: the bells of the north tower were in fact replaced, whereas the carillon of hours seems to have disappeared in the torment, and the least that can be said of the great organ is that, due to its complete overhaul, it no longer sounds the same.
Remastered from the original tapes, the present disc renders its former splendour to the cathedral.
François et Yvette Carbou

ref. SOCD 901

EX TENEBRIS LUX

Les Zippoventilés Ensemble


Holy Week is doubtless the fullest period of the Christian liturgical calendar, featuring the essential points of the faith’s meaning and mystery. This time was a source of inspiration for most of the Baroque composers. We have chosen to illustrate this week with several Tenebrae lessons. The genre is fairly ambiguous in the musical landscape of the era: it was indispensable to create music sufficiently sober to meet liturgical requirements by recalling the melismatic intimacy of the Gregorian. But, in spite of that, the works demonstrate considerable sophistication and thoroughly Baroque expressiveness, not hesitating to make syllabic use of the text.
Benoît Dumon

ref. SOCD 354

DRAMATIC LYRICISM

Liszt and Mussorgsky, by Yuki Kondo


The parallel between Franz Liszt (1811-1886) and Modeste Mussorgsky (1839-1881) represented by the present programme might only seem like a deliberate choice, justified solely by the virtuosity displayed in the piano works by each composer. However, looking more closely, it becomes clear that, beyond the journey of Mazeppa, which inspired one of Liszt’s most famous symphonic poems, both musicians share this Slavic tropism for dramatic lyricism, an inscription in the Romanticism of the national schools of which both are important representatives.
From Franz Liszt to Modest Mussorgsky, virtuosity and the renewal of piano writing are the vectors of a song of the soul, from its earthly ties to its transcendental aspirations, and it is precisely to this voyage that Yuki Kondo invites us with the present programme.
Lionel Pons

ref. SOCD 356
  1. recto-SOCD355-BOUSCH-CHANT-FROM-SPACES
    Bousch
    SOCD 355
  2. recto-SOCD357-DUO
    Tosi/Duo
    SOCD 357
  3. recto-SOCD353-SARASATE-GOUNOD-VIOLONISSIMO
    Tosi/Gounod
    SOCD 353
  4. recto-SOCD351-2-BLANCHE-SELVA-THE-COLUMBIA-RECORDINGS-1929-30
    Selva/Columbia
    SOCD 351/2
  5. recto-SOCD350-BARTOK-AND-VIRTUOSITY
    Bartok/Otaki
    SOCD 350
  6. recto-SOCD349-COCHEREAU-Pierre-2-IMPROVISATIONS-SUITES-SHAPED
    Cochereau/Suites
    SOCD 349
  7. recto-SOCD348-DUPRE-COMPLETE-PIANO-WORKS
    Dupré/Rignol
    SOCD 348
  8. recto-SOCD346-7-DEMESSIEUX-Jeanne-COMPLETE-ORGAN-WORKS
    Demessieux/Labric
    SOCD 346/7
  9. recto-SOCD345-PIAZZOLLA-WORKS-AND-TRANSCRIPTIONS-FOR-PIANO
    Piazzolla/Abinasr
    SOCD 345
  10. recto-SOCD321-44-YVONNE-LEFEBURE-A-PIANO-LEGEND
    Lefébure/Legend
    SOCD 321/44
  11. recto-SOCD320-VIOLIN-PHASE
    Tosi/Violin-Phase
    SOCD 320
  12. recto-SOCD319-DEODAT-DE-SEVERAC-MELODIES
    Séverac/Melodies
    SOCD 319
  13. recto-SOCD315-6-THINAT-plays-DUKAS-BARRAQUE
    F.Thinat
    SOCD 315/6
  14. recto-SOCD318-PHONIC-DESIGN
    Phonic Design/Tosi
    SOCD 318
  15. recto-SOCD313-MUSSORGSKY-PICTURES-AT-AN-EXHIBITION
    Mussorgsky/Gil
    SOCD 313