Dionysus & Apollo: Music for Flute and Harp

Dionysus & Apollo: Music for Flute and Harp
Artist Claudio Ortensi flute
Anna Pasetti harp
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 95925
EAN code 5028421959252
Release August 2020

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A unique collection of Romantic and post-Romantic pastorals performed by an experienced Italian duo.

The mythical figure of Pan is evoked by several composers on this album – explicitly so by Debussy, in his invocation to the Greek god which opens his set of six Epigraphes antiques and is here recorded for the first time in an arrangement for solo harp. Throughout the album, however, the world of Greek mythology infuses the music with a spirit of magical distance and enchantment.

Claudio Ortensi and Anna Pasetti begin and end with a pair of rarely heard but delightful Divertissements grecs, by Jules Mouquet and Phillippe Gaubert. Another pair, of exquisite Esquisses antiques, reflects the refined taste and craft of Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht, better known to us now as the conductor of a classic account of Pelléas et Mélisande.

The Greek fountain-nymphs known as Naiads are sensuously portrayed by William Alwyn in a substantial tone-painting, and the tale of Apollo and the satyr Marsyas is told in haunting fashion by the contemporary Italian composer Tiziano Bedetti. A more fleeting evocation of fauns is brought to life by his elder colleague Salvatore Sciarrino, and between them comes the Third Capriccio by Nino Mazzoni: a piece of two contrasting movements which begins with a delicate and elegant dance for naiads and closes with a sharply drawn sketch of Pan himself, laughing and carousing.

Claudio Ortensi and Anna Pasetti formed their duet in 2011, and since then have given many concerts as well as an annual series of masterclasses dedicated to exploring and refining performances of flute and harp repertoire.

This beautiful and lovingly compiled program brings us back to the time of the Greek myths, and in particular the world of the wood nymphs, the god Pan, the fauns and naiades, having adventures in a sensuous and erotically charged Arcadia.

Included are works by Jules Mouquet (Divertissement grec), Desiré Inghelbrecht (Esquisses antiques), Claude Debussy (Pour invoquer Pan, Syrinx), Sciarrino (Fauno), Mazzoni (Capriccio), Bedetti (Marsia e Apollo), Alwyn (Naiades), Shiltkret (The Nymphs), and Gaubert (Divertissement grec).

This beautiful and lovingly compiled program called “Dionysus and Apollo” brings us back to the time of the Greek myths, and in particular the world of the wood nymphs, the god Pan, the fauns and naiades, having adventures in a sensuous and erotically charged Arcadia.
Included are works by Jules Mouquet (Divertissement grec), Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht (Esquisses antiques), Claude Debussy (Pour invoquer Pan, Syrinx), Salvatore Sciarrino (Fauno), Nino Mazzoni (Capriccio), Tizziano Bedetti (Marsia e Apollo), William Alwyn (Naiades), Nathaniel Shilkret (The Nymphs), and Philippe Gaubert (Divertissement grec).
Played with the right feeling for style and atmosphere by Claudio Ortensi (flute) and Anna Pasetti (harp).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Jules Mouquet: Divertissement grec, Op. 23: I. Lydienne
  2. Jules Mouquet: Divertissement grec, Op. 23: II. Dorienne
  3. Jules Mouquet: Divertissement grec, Op. 23: III. Phrygienne
  4. Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht: Esquisses antiques: I. Scaphé
  5. Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht: Esquisses antiques: II. Dryades
  6. Claude Debussy: Pour invoquer pan, dieu du vent d’été
  7. Claude Debussy: Syrinx
  8. Salvatore Sciarrino: Fauno che fischia a un merlo
  9. Nino Mazzoni: Capriccio No. 3: I. Preludio – Pastorale e danza delle ninfe Naiadi
  10. Nino Mazzoni: Capriccio No. 3: II. Ballo satirico del dio pan
  11. Tiziano Bedetti: Marsia e Apollo
  12. William Alwyn: Naiades. Fantasy-Sonata
  13. Nathaniel Shilkret: The Nymphs
  14. Philippe Gaubert: Divertissement grec