Guillaume Apollinaire, eigentlich Wilhelm Apolinaris de Kostrowitsky, wurde 1880 in Rom geboren und starb 1918 in Paris. Seit 1902 lebte er in Paris, in ständigem Kontakt mit den avantgardistischen Künstlern der Epoche vor dem i. Weltkrieg. In seinen Gedichten und Texten (»Alcools«, 1913; »Calligrammes«, 1918) realisierte er Schreibverfahren, die den von den Kubisten bildnerisch entwickelten Gesetzmäßigkeiten entsprechen.
Francis Poulenc's songs are among the most beautiful and accomplished in the entire French repertoire. A friend of poets like Apollinaire, Eluard, Aragon and Louise de Vilmorin, he was constantly alert to their imaginative worlds and their mystery. The voluptuous or nostalgic nonchalance, the gentle melancholy or the impertinent flippancy of these works never appear to take themselves seriously, and invariably represent the highest art. On this recording, the renowned Belgian soprano Sophie Karthauser returns to harmonia mundi for her first recital program, performing a generous selection of Poulenc's Melodies.
Much-awaited has been the new recording of the Machaut Messe de Nostre Dame from Bjorn Schmelzer and Graindelavoix, one of Glossas long- standing artistic family members. Following on from the trio of discs devoted to music in the spirit of the medieval master draughtsman Villard de Honnecourt the Antwerp-based ensemble currently in residence at the Fondation Royaumont in France has now turned to the first-known composer of an integral mass cycle: Guillaume de Machaut, who was a canon at Reims Cathedral in the fourteenth century.
It was a great idea to unite in one CD two composers who symbolized the first generation of Germanic romanticism: Schubert and Mendelssohn, associated with Richard Strauss who was to incarnate with Mahler the last jolts of post-romanticism. Schubert composed his sonata for arpeggione and piano in A minor, D.821-1824, for an instrument whose very brief existence was the arpeggione. It begins with an Allegro moderato, developed in a passionate tone, but devoid of any feverishness or anxiety, elements that frequently appear in many works by Schubert contemporaries of this Sonata.
This album, if it had been published in a timely manner, could be called "Small parties with friends" as the complicity between all participants and their guests sweating nine original compositions that compose it. If the publication of this album is a bit of a miracle, it mainly takes its source in the good habit of André Ceccarelli systematically archive all of his recordings, especially those that make up this album and were set there today 'Today twelve years, hence the name of this album title: Twelve years Ago.
One of the most persistent questions that musicians ask themselves while practicing a piece is the inevitable query of how the composer himself might have performed his music. There are many written reports on how the old masters such as Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven may have played or improvised; and there are lines of teacher/pupil relationships which can trace their lineage back to the pianistic greats such as Liszt, but still we have to imagine the sound since we cannot actually hear it.