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19 June 2024
Charles Koechlin: Les Chants de Nectaire - Third Series, Op.200

Nicola Woodward (Flute)

"Nectaire raised his flute to his lips, a simple wooden pipe that he could have made himself. He began to play; strange phrases at first, then rich melodies over which trills shone like diamonds and pearls on velvet. The music was full of grace and audacity, one could hear all at once the sound of nightingales and muses; all of nature and all of mankind."

The Chants de Nectaire were inspired by the wise old flute player Nectaire who appears in La Revolte des Anges by Anatole France (1914). The ninety six gems were composed by Charles Koechlin over four months in 1945. Despite the speed the quality is incredible with great attention to detail; each piece is its own unique sound world, imaginative, sensitive, beautiful and above all, sincere.

Charles Koechlin (1867-1950) studied at the École Polytechnique but tuburculosis prevented him from following a military career. And so fortunately he turned to music, studying with Fauré and Massenet. He worked incredibly quickly when inspired and his output covers all genres from the vast orchestral work La Loi de la Jungle (inspired by Kipling), to choral, chamber and solo works. He favoured the flute and seemed to understand the subtleties as if he played himself. According to Koechlin, his personality was dominated by characteristics from his Alsatian roots; an energy, naivety and an absolute sincerity that lie at the heart of all his music.


Charles Koechlin: Les Chants de Nectaire Third Series, Op.200: 32 pieces, Prières, corgèges et danses pour les Dieux familiers

I. Prière dans le mode dorien

II. Réponse de la divinité tutélaire

III. Prière d'un malade

IV. Cortège de jeunes filles

V. Danse au soleil du matin dans la campagne

VI. Cortège d'éphèbes

VII. Prière des enfants

VIII. Danses pour saluer le retour du printemps

IX. Epithalame

X. Prière d l'épouse don’t le mari est parti à la guerre

XI. Danses pour célébrer le retour du Père

XII. Prière funéraire

XIII. Danses pour célébrer d'heureuses fiançailles

XIV. Prière des orphelins

XV. Incantation pour guérir un cerveau malade

XVI. Tityre remercie les Dieux

XVII. Hymne du philosophe devant la nuit d'étoiles

XVIII. Danses d'adolescents devant la maison heureuse

XIX. Le maître enseigne à ses élèves la vie harmonieuse des Sages antiques

XX. Ronde joyeuse dans les prés fleuris

XXI. Prière aux Dieux protecteurs du foyer

XXII. Hymne du philosophe devant la nuit d'étoiles

XXIII. Prière de l'aieul

XXIV. Autre prière de l'aïeul

XXV. Danse

XXVI. Cortège

XXVII. Incantation pour écarter les mauvais esprits

XXVIII. Danse des Faunes familiers

XXIX. Cortège

XXX. Prière pour guérir un malade

XXXI. Autre prière pour la guérison

XXXII. Cortège d'actions de grâce

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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