Joël-François Durand - La Terre Et Le Feu

  • Singer: Joël-François Durand
  • Album's title: La Terre Et Le Feu
  • Genre: Classical
  • Label: Mode ‎– Mode 139
    Type: CD
    Country: US
    Date of released: 2004
    Category: Classical
    Style: Contemporary
  • Size MP3 ZIP: 1854 mb
  • Size FLAC ZIP: 1565 mb
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Joël-François Durand - La Terre Et Le Feu

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1 La Terre Et Le Feu
Conductor – Pierre-André ValadeOboe – Gareth Hulse
Les Raisons Des Forces Mouvantes
2 Incipit 1:28
3 L'eau 5:07
4 La Terre 6:04
5 L'air 1:22
6 Le Feu 3:21
La Mesure Des Choses III
7 La Mesure Des Choses III
Oboe – Gareth HulseViola – Paul Silverthorne
8 Athanor
Conductor – Pierre-André ValadeLeader – Stephen Bryant


Composer supervised first recordings.

This disc of French composer Joël-François Durand's music amplifies his ongoing interest in the classical 'four elements': air, earth, fire and water.

World class performers include the London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Pierre-André Valade, and renowned Swedish organist Hans-Ola Ericcsson.

The oboe concerto, La terre et le feu features a hallmark of Durand's work: rising figures that gradually strain upwards. The work consists of an introduction and four principal sections, with a coda. Embedded within this is the entire structure of the requiem mass. In the last main section, figures from earlier sections contest with, and, as Durand puts it, 'consume' one another, leaving the oboe to rise from the ashes at the end.

The title of the solo organ piece Les raisons des forces mouvantes comes from a treatise by Salomon de Caux, published in 1615, which concerns itself with scientific experiments based on the four elements, and various machines that arise from their interaction (including hydraulic organs!). Durand's composition follows Caux's water - earth - air - fire sequence.

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