Koechlin - Les Chants de Nectaire review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
The Guardian 80
(Hoxa, three CDs, available separately)
The French composer loved the flute and these short works are exquisite, be they playful, languorous or nostalgic
Charles Koechlin’s huge output includes examples of almost every orchestral, instrumental and vocal genre; opera is the only significant omission from a work list that runs to well over 200 opus numbers. Among that wealth of music, much of it still seriously undervalued and underperformed, there are no less than 29 works for flute, an instrument that was particularly prominent in French music around the turn of the 20th century, and for which Koechlin seems to have retained a particular fondness throughout his life.
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