Lombardi, Marika / Arnaud, Jean-pierre / Granier, Valrie / Girard, Ge
Anthony Girard: Au Bord Du Souffle, Chamber Music Foras
This programme encompasses a collection of chamber music works by Anthony Girard, written between 1992 and 2022. They feature the oboe, oboe damore, English horn and bassoon, with or without piano accompaniment; some of them have been specifically commissioned by the performers of this CD and constitute world premieres. Among them, Les premiers signes de laurore explores the poetical world of the oboe damore. A la lisière du temps is a multi-section piece, seamlessly built, with the quicker sections bringing some kind of euphoria. The Quatre pièces en canon for two oboes are systematical studies of the unison canon, while the Sonate pour basson et piano is one in a series of Sonatas focusing on woodwind instruments and specifically tailored in order to highlight each instruments potential. The last piece lends its name to the entire CD, and owes it to its tendency to explore the finest nuances of pianissimo.