Lionel Andrey & Flore Merlin

Color Gradient

Swiss clarinetist Lionel Andrey and French pianist Flore Merlin teamed up on Color Gradient, performing music from late 19th C up to the present time. Skilfully, they travel through the Old & New World, France & America and so-called classical music & quasi- improvised music. Color Gradient can be understood as an homage to the incredible evolutions of music in the 20th century on the levels of harmony, form and melodic freedom. The origins of jazz, the worldly influences on composers like Debussy and Poulenc and the end of tonality all flow back to the compositions on this vivid album.

Andrey and Merlin add very personal new insights on the iron clarinet-piano repertoire (the Clarinet Sonata by Poulenc and Première Rhapsody by Debussy, Widor’s Introduction et Rondo and Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano) as well as very attractive new discoveries (Daniel Schnyder, Alec Templeton and Fabien Touchard. The latter is a world premiere). A very joyous and captivating musical expedition, brought to you by two outright splendid performers.

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1.Introduction et rondo Op.72 (C-M Widor)
2.Première Rhapsody (C. Debussy)
3.Sonate pour clarinette et piano FP184: I. Allegro tristamente (F. Poulenc)
4.Sonate pour clarinette et piano FP184: II. Romanza
5.Sonate pour clarinette et piano FP184: III. Allegro con fuoco
6.Sonate for clarinet and piano: I. Grazioso (L. Bernstein)
7.Sonate for clarinet and piano: II. Andantino - Vivace e leggiero
8.Sontata für Sopransaxophon und Piano: I. Quarter = 112 (D. Schnyder)
9.Sonata für Sopransaxophon und Piano: II. Langsam tempo rubato
10.Sonata für Sopransaxophon und Piano: III. Schnell
11.Sonata für Sopransaxophon und Piano: IV. Sehr schnell
12.Pocket Size Sonata No.1 (edited by R. Denwood): I. Improvisation (A. Templeton)
13.Pocket Size Sonata No.1 (edited by R. Denwood): II. Modal blues
14.Pocket Size Sonata No.1 (edited by R. Denwood): III. In Rhythm
15.Evol (un sourire) (F. Touchard)