History of the Kammer Ensemble de Paris
The Kammer Ensemble de Paris took form in Paris in 1990 under the impetus of Jean-Claude Bouveresse. Three CDs were recorded that year on the label BNL, two were dedicated to Mozart and the third brought together TCHAIKOVSKY’s celebrated Souvenir de Florence and PROKOFIEV’s rare Quintet op.39.
1992 announced the beginning of a close collaboration with Swiss conductor Armin JORDAN who was eager to explore a new idea, namely conducted chamber music. This collaboration resulted in six recordings for the Swiss label VDE-Gallo which juxtaposed the great classics (BRAHMS, Serenade n°1 ; SCHOENBERG, Transfigured Night ; WAGNER, Siegfried Idyll ; and STRAUSS, Metamorphosis) with composers of the Paris School as yet unknown to many (KOECHLIN, DOHNANYI and Czechoslovakian composer, Jan NOVAK).
A seventh recording directed by Armin Jordan and produced by FNAC (Aria Music) deserves special note. This recording features soprano Felicity LOTT in an elegant program of accompanied melody including Ernest CHAUSSON, Maurice JAUBERT and Maurice DELAGE (the prodigious and only student of Maurice RAVEL), great connoisseur of exoticism.
In parallel with the Armin JORDAN recordings, two other CDs (VDE-Gallo) affirm the initial vocation of the Kammer Ensemble de Paris, chamber music for strings and winds in the traditional fashion, which is to say without a conductor. These CDs are Beethoven’s Septet op.20 and Quintet op.29 (1993) and three great works by Danish composer Carl NIELSEN, Serenata in vano, String Quintet and Wind Quintet (1996).
Part one of the Kammer Ensemble’s existence, which included numerous concerts, notably at the Salle Gaveau and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, drew to a close with a homage to one of the founding fathers of music, Johann Sebastian BACH. The three voices of the Goldberg Variations lend themselves admirably to a transcription for string trio by Dimitri Sitkovetsky.
The Kammer Ensemble de Paris is reborn with a new team of exceptional young musicians.
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