Hommage à la fraîcheur

Poulenc, Satie, Milhaud, Ravel, Tailleferre, Honegger, Auric

June 2017

This second disc is a tribute to the members of the Groupe des Six:  F. Poulenc, D. Milhaud, A. Honegger, G. Auric, G. Tailleferre et L. Durey. It is the fruit of one year of long and arduous work by both members. Together they collaborated with the  transcribing  and arranging of all the pieces.

“[...] they went down into the street, turned their backs on the false sublime, the conventions of the theater, they repudiated aestheticism, renounced isolation, loved life, all life, even in its most humble of manifestations .”

(Renaud Machard, Poulenc, Ed. Seuil)


Duo Accordiano have translated in an original and fresh new way the beginning of the 20th century Parisian atmosphere that the Groupe des Six created. Starting with Trois pièces en forme de poire by Erik Satie to the Suite anglaise by Darius Milhaud, originally composed for harmonica and orchestra, the listener will time travel back to the first half of the 20th century with the help of carefully chosen pieces from the Groupe des Six and their contemporaries' repertoire.


Composer Erik Satie and writer and illustrator Jean Cocteau are the mentors for these new youth. Satie‘s lively spirit and artistic vision affects greatly this new generation of composers. Satie was a good friend of composer Claude Debussy and had also a close friendship with colleague Maurice Ravel. “Ravel, like Satie, had this non-conformist and fierce independence that kept him within the boundaries of honour and decorum [...] that made him so secretive and so baffling.” That’s why they are also both present on the disc.

(Vladimir Jankélévitch, Ravel, Ed. Seuil,)


We are specially thankful to the Burgergemeinde Bern, Kultur Stadt Bern and to the Fondation Olaf Asteson for their support.





Mozart, Motomatsu, Stravinsky, Piazzolla

June 2015

In 2015, the Duo Accordiano released its first disc. In this album, they allready showed an interest in interpreting, arranging and transcribing new pieces for their special formation.

« So right then, the guy runs into something, but apparently; he doesn’t know what. We can hear the tension of the discovery; we can feel the pressure of the finger opening the door: It’s the first time he plays the Milonga del Angel, it’s very grand and innovative… » These words from Gustavo Beytelmann describe the first interpretation by Astor Piazzolla and his quintet of the Milonga del Angel.


Neither a new wind towards the unknown nor a deep breath that traveled centuries, this recording is like a breath of fresh air. Like a contemporary breeze, blowing between unfamiliar reeds and through strings colored by history.


N. Motomatsu enters into dialogue with W. A. Mozart through the form of her piece.A. Piazzolla discusses through tango with I. Stravinsky. All of these composers are considered and played with a new musical sound.


We are specially thankful to the Fondation Engelberts in Mies (Geneva) and to the Centre le Phénix in Fribourg for their support.


A. Piazzolla, le tango de la démesure, E. Honorin, ed. Voix du Monde 2011




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