MAURICE EMMANUEL (1862-1938): Cello Sonata, Op. 2, Sonate en trio for Flute, Clarinet and Piano, Op. 11, Suite sur des airs popularies grecs for Violin and Piano, Bugle Sonata, String Quartet.
Catalogue Number: 08O044
Description: Emmanuel’s cello sonata seems to be the work which got him kicked out of his composition at the Paris Conservatoire (his teacher, Delibes, also kept him from competing for the Prix de Rome). What was the horrifying crime? Modality. This sonata sounds like the ones Debussy was to write in the 1900s but Emmanuel wrote his in 1887. The other instrumental works (two from 1903 and one from 1936) are in the same style but the quartet is not. Emmanuel stopped composing for a while after Delibes’ insults and this 1903 quartet, part Franckian cyclic form but with modal folk music winning through at the end, seems to have been the means by which he reaffirmed his natural tendencies. Ensemble Stanislas, Quatuor Stanislas, Alexis Galpérine (violin - Suite), Raphaël Perraud (cello), Laurent Wagschal (piano).