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Tansman: Brie a Brae

Magazine article Gramophone

Tansman: Brie a Brae

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Tansman

Brie a brae (a). Sextuor (b) Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra / (b) tukasz Borowicz, (a) Wojciech Michniewski

CPO (F) CP0777 987-2 (55' * DDD) Recorded live at the Tansman Festival, Poland, (a) October 9, 2002; (b) November 19, 2014

Interest in Tansman's music in recent years has led to a large number of recordings but none so far as I am aware of any of his ballets has yet made it on to silver disc. Both Sextuor (1923) and Brie a brae (1935) have whimsical scenarios by the composer's friend Alexandre Arnoux. Sextuor is an 18-minute 'ballet-bouffe' centring on a love triangle between a flighty flute, a gigololike violin and a staid but by no means dispassionate cello. There are important supporting roles for a trombone, a drum and--opening and closing the ballet--a tuning fork.

Tansman's music is a delight, by turns light and airy, dark and passionate--not without sombre episodes (the course of true love does not run smooth, alas, for the cello)--and artfully scored. …

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