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Work: Sonata for flute, viola and harp

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ComposerDebussy, Claude (1862-1918)
Period20th century
Work typeChamber
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Winter balm in the Boston Symphony's “Spirit of Beethoven”

The Boston Symphony Orchestra © Aram Boghosian
Excellent camera work contributed to the transparency and clarity by visualizing the interplay between various instruments and sections in the reduced orchestra, especially the eloquent winds.
*****
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Gallic fare from the Berlin Phil Soloists

The Berlin Philharmonic Soloists © Mark Pullinger
Along with Debussy and Ravel, this lunchtime programme also celebrated Lili Boulanger and young Slovenian composer Nina Šenk.
****1
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A Parisian affair at the Morgan Library, New York

Regular concert-goers are used to hearing the harp on a church altar or mixed in with a large symphony, barely audible above the mass of strings, bass and brass. But the St Luke’s Chamber Ensemble put the harp center stage, in an evening of 20th-century French music, no less.
***11
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Proms Chamber Music 7: The Nash Ensemble illustrate the musical contrasts of the 20th century

The seventh of the chamber music Proms this year brought together two of the greatest composers of the early 20th century. Though Debussy was twelve years Schoenberg’s senior, of the two works performed it is Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire which was written first, in 1912, with Debussy’s Sonata for flute, viola and harp following three years later in 1915.
****1
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Back to 1915: Kraggerud, Isserlis and more at the Cheltenham Music Festival

The concert opened with BBC newsreader Julia Somerville, summarising news from the year 1915 at an old-fashioned broadcasting desk complete with microphone. It was informative, and set the scene for this recital, one in a series of ‘time capsule’ concerts, solely featuring music composed in 1915 – including two of Debussy’s last chamber pieces.
****1
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