Collection: Toward the Sea III

COMPOSERS: Britten,Debussy,Denisov,Honegger,Takemitsu
LABELS: Philips
WORKS: Toward the Sea III (add more pieces)
PERFORMER: Aurèle Nicolet (flute), Nobuko Imai (viola), Naoko Yoshino (harp)
CATALOGUE NO: 442 012-2 DDD

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For lovers of the flute, viola and harp trio, this is the essential collection. It starts at the beginning, with Debussy’s 1915 Sonata, in a rich, refined account by the distinguished performers. Nicolet and Imai have the stage to themselves in Denisov’s Duo, their cool dialogues contrasting with the pastoral trios of Honegger’s Petite suite and gossamer textures of Britten’s Lachrymae. Two recent Takemitsu scores are further landmarks in the development of this distinctly 20th-century instrumental medium. Nicholas Williams