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Chamber Music for Harp, Flute & Strings

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Catalog Number: CPS-8638
Audio Format: Stereo, DDD
Playing Time: 63:41
Release Date: 1997

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    Arnold Bax
  1. Elegiac Trio (9:27)
    harp, flute, viola
    Dan Locklair
    Dream Steps: A Dance Suite for Flute, Viola and Harp
  2. Barcaroles and Recitatives (3:24)
  3. Awakenings (2:22)
  4. Bars of Blues (4:38)
Ballade in Sarabande (2:41)
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  6. Barcaroles (3:50)
    Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
    Sonata for cello and harp, Op. 208
  7. Molto moderato e pomposo (4:50)
  8. Minuetto Varieto, tempo di minuetto (4:43)
  9. Toccata rondo, molto mosso e agitato (6:27)
    Jan Bach
  10. Eisteddfod (21:21)
    flute, viola, harp


Twentieth Century Music - January, 1999 - by Phillip George

"To parody one of the early moonwalkers, "Beautiful, beautiful. Magnificent consolations." Such may be the comments of one listening to the otherworldly sounds of the Mallarmé Chamber Players, on a recent release from Capstone. The opening Elegiac Trio for flute, viola, and harp (1916), of Arnold Bax, is charming and soothing in every way. Dan Locklair, like Bax, is a composer on the gentler side as well. One can hear suggestions of Ravel, Crumb, and other mild exoticisms (pentatonic scales are at hand) and stimulating Stravinskian neoclassicism (even a hint of blues) in his recent Dream Steps: A Dance Suite for Flute, Viola, and Harp (1993), but overall the atmosphere, as in the earlier work, one of calm elevation -- not that far from stately pavannes and Debussy's Danse sacrée and Danse profane for harp and string orchestra.

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Sonata for Cello and Harp, op. 208 (1967), establishes its own character immediately in a descending passacaglia-like bass line for harp. The music soars and sings and pays distinct homage to Ravel's Introduction and Allegro via a brief quotation in the second of its three movements. The album closes with the medievalesque Eisteddfod (1972) of Jan Bach. The three players here, as in the first two compositions, are flutist Arna Ludwig Wilson, violist Jonathan Bagg, and harpist Jacqueline Bartlett -- who carry off the fascinating proceedings with aplomb. Jonathan Kramer joins his musicality to that of the harpist in the Castelnuovo-Tedesco."