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02 March 2024
Charles Koechlin: Les Chants de Nectaire - First Series, Op.198

Nicola Woodward (Flute)

The Chants de Nectaire were inspired by the wise old flute player Nectaire, who appears in La Révolte des Anges by Anatole France (1914). The ninety-six songs, all gems in their own right, are grouped into three books (Volume 1 Op. 198; Volume 2 Op. 199 & Volume 3 Op. 200) and were composed over four months in 1944. Despite the speed of creation, the quality is incredible, with great attention to detail. Each piece is its own unique sound world, imaginative, sensitive, beautiful and, above all, sincere. This first set is based on France’s novel where angels take up residence in Paris disguised as people. Nicola Woodward was awarded exhibition scholarships on both flute and piano at the Royal College of Music. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Rooms, given live broadcasts on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3 and worked with the LPO and Bournemouth Orchestras.

Introduction to Volume 1


Charles Koechlin: Les Chants de Nectaire - First Series, Op.198
32 pieces d'après La Révolte des Anges
I. Préambule II. Naissance de la vie III. Jeux de la lumière IV. Clartés de l'Esprit V. Jeunesse du monde VI. Les tranquilles clartés de l'Intelligence VII. ...criblent de fléches l'Erreur et la Bêtise VIII. Le Rire vainqueur IX. Gaîté de la lumière X. Les Vaines querelles ( « à quoi bon ? » XI. La Tendresse XII. La Plainte humaine XIII. La Nuit XIV. Souffles du Printemps sur la mer XV. Lumière - modération - équilibre XVI. L'Amour XVII. La Pitié XVIII. Pour les âmes souffrantes XIX. Le Jardin des Muses XX. Les Vrilles de la Vigne XXI. Les Hrures douces XXII. La crainte XXIII. Idylle XXIV. Clair de lune sur la mer XXV. L'Elan vers la vie XXVI. «Le Désir qui crée les Mondes» XXVII. L'Effort de l'Homme XXVIII. Le Vaincu médite XXIX. Le Soir XXX. Le Calme du Sage XXXI. Gaîté du matin ensoleillé XXXII. Méditation sur la douleur humaine

Recorded in Clifton Cathedral, Bristol
Booklet design: Lesley Lee
Recording Engineering & Production: Richard Jeffrey-Gray
Total Time: 71.24
Release Date: September 2020

Nicola Woodward (flute)Nicola Woodward was awarded exhibition scholarships on both flute and piano at the Royal College of Music. She also won the Eve Kisch flute prize and several prizes for all-round musicianship. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Rooms, given live broadcasts on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3, worked with the LPO and Bournemouth Orchestras and toured Latin America for the British Council. As part of a flute and marimba duo, she toured extensively with ‘Live Music Now!’ and is now involved with the scheme as a mentor. She frequently performed at Highgrove and Buckingham Palace for HRH the Prince of Wales and has made several recordings of rare and folk-influenced works. Nicola has a deep love of folk music from many cultures, which she regularly performs. She is co-founder of the Rockhampton Festival.

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