French Touch Klarthe Quintet

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Album info

Album-Release:
2016

HRA-Release:
21.01.2016

Label: Klarthe

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Artist: Klarthe Quintet

Composer: Karol Beffa, Georges Onslow, Jean-François Verdier, Paul Taffanel

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  • Paul Taffanel (1844 - 1908): Quintette en sol mineur:
  • 1I. Allegro con moto09:03
  • 2II. Andante06:19
  • 3III. Vivace08:11
  • Jean-François Verdier:
  • 4Amazonian dreams09:24
  • Georges Onslow (1784 - 1853): Quintette opus 81:
  • 5I. Allegro non troppo07:51
  • 6II. Scherzo04:14
  • 7III. Andante sostenuto06:38
  • 8IV. Finale05:40
  • Karol Beffa (1973 - ): Five O´clock
  • 9I. Avec swing04:24
  • 10II. Très pop02:53
  • 11III. Déhanché02:41
  • 12IV. Misterioso05:08
  • Total Runtime01:12:26

Info for French Touch

For their first disc, the Klarthe Quintet focus on french music and the parallels between two epochs : The end of the 19th century, with two major compositions from the wind quintet repertoire ; works by Paul Taffanel and George Onslow, perfect examples of the lyricism and phrasing that personify these instruments and this period in time.

The 21st century, with two pieces commissioned for this recording which showcase the whole spectrum of rhythm, contrast and colours which a wind quintet can produce.

The use of percussion instruments by the quintet themselves in Amazonian Dreams by Jean-François Verdier, paints the picture of a universe at once meditative, sometimes tribal, but most of all an invitation to travel and experience the original soundscapes created for this ensemble, whereas Five o'clock by Karol Beffa is based on a pulsing vein, motorized and almost mechanical, emphasizing the rhythmical element that is so typically 'clock'.

Clément Dufour, flute
Marc Lachat, oboe
Julien Chabod, clarinet
Guillaume Bidar, bassoon
Pierre Rémondière, french horn


The Klarthe Quintet
was formed by the meeting of five unusual musical personalities with the ambition to participate to the ARD International music competition in Munich, one of the biggest musical competition. The challenge was successful since the Quintet had won the third prize, the Bayerischer Rundfunk Classic online prize and the special prize of the Palazzetto Bru Zane foundation for the best interpretation of the Onslow quintet. In addition to these rewards, the five musicians have won individually several prizes. Thus, Klarthe Quintet is one of the most awarded group of its generation.

Its career goes on with a promising future. Auvers-sur-Oise festival, Palazzetto Bru Zane (Venice), Oremandsgaard Kammermusikfest (Denmark) before going on tour in Asia during 2016.

Booklet for French Touch

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