CD A0167: Bernard Andrès

Bernard Andrès performed by Isabelle Perrin

CD Cover Bernard Andrès performed by Isabelle PerrinIn this excellent CD Isabelle Perrin performs music of contemporary French harp composer Bernard Andrès. Andrès composes in a very wide range of styles, moving in this CD from distinctly French lyrical melodies to contemporary works making use of modern pedal and percussion techniques. An excellent addition to any harp CD collection.

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Audio Samples & Track Listing

1 No 1
2 No 3
3 No 8
4 Anamorphoses
  Danses d'automne  
5 No 1
6 No 2
7 No 3
8 No 4
9 No 5
10 No 6
11 Muscade
12 Vanille
13 Pistache
14 Paprika
15 Safran
16 Cannelle
17 Kola
18 Gingembre
19 Acalèphes
20 Elégie
21 No 12
22 No 13
23 Duke
24 Tanka
Total Time


CD Notes & Credits

Sleeve Notes

Bernard Andrès was born in Belfort in 1921. He received a teaching degree in music at the age of 21, studying both at the Besançon and Strasbourg conservatories. Subsequently, Andrès pursued brilliant harp studies at the Paris conservatory. In 1969, after a three year stint with «Musique de l’Air», he joined the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France as a soloist.

Bernard Andrès began composing at the age of 8.

Despite a sensible professional debut with an important national orchestra, the mysteries and challenges of composition continue to haunt him. The early compositions «Narthex» and «Parvis» would later enchant international audiences. In the works «Anamorphoses», «Acalèphes», and «Elegy to a Dead Shepherd», he fused fresh contemporary sound with magnificent atonal melodic tension.

Bernard Andrès acknowledges few influences. He hopes to be recognized within the tradition of French music, one of great reserve and splendid poetry.

Melody is Andrès’ chief concern. The fabulous emotional range of the human voice, which rends, rouses, and rejoices in the most divine expressions, is the fundamental inspiration of his compositions, whether they be classical or more contemporary. Andrès’ aim is to relate traditional music with contemporary concerns. He sees the evolution of music as an integration rather than an opposition of these two tendencies.

The composer confesses that he does not like to linger in any given musical vein. So the listener will not be surprised by the diversity, and at times, seeming contradiction of the works here recorded. Let us enjoy and dream along to «Les Epices», «Duke», «Les Danses d’Automne», and «Les Préludes».

Marie Laheurte / Translated by Emmanuelle Becker


Recorded at Salle Adyar. 1995
Engineering: Michel Pierre
Artistic Director: Bernard Haultier
Harp: Salvi Ariana
Photography: Oliver Armand / Philippe Harvey

Album Information

Instruments: Harp
Genre: Contemporary / Classical
Format: Audio CD [DDD]
Our Ref: A0167
Label: Hortensia
Year: 1995
Origin: France

Artist Information & Contact Details

Photo of Isabelle perrinIsabelle Perrin
Isabelle Perrin's career began as a brilliant student at the National Conservatory of Nice. Her first recital, at the age of 17, was at the Mediterranean Festival for young soloists. In 1978, Perrin entered the Julliard School in New York for a period of three years, during which she perfected her playing. Following this she joined the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Emotionally attached to France, Perrin returned there in 1981, becoming a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Loire.

For three consecutive years she was chosen by the J.M.F. (Young Musicians of France) to tour France. Her touring introduced the harp to a wide audience.

Perrin also performs abroad in the Netherlands, United States, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy in various chamber music combinations, and as a soloist playing concertos by Mozart, Boieldieu, Debussy, Damase, and Saint-Saëns.

In June of 1990 Isabelle Perrin became a soloist with the National Orchestra of France. That same month she was named a laureate of the Menuhin Foundation, awarded annually to talented musicians.

She also plays regularly with the Radio France vocal group.

Translated by Emmanuelle Becker

Contact Isabelle Perrin
  142 rue de Courcelles
75017 PARIS
Telephone 00 33 (0) 6 10 81 02 89
Fax 00 33 (0) 1 40 54 70 79
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Artists web site

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