French Impressions: A Potpourri of French Piano Styles from the Romantics to a New Age

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The range and variety of French piano music in the 19th and 20th centuries is exemplified in these critically acclaimed albums bringing together rarely encountered pieces, a number of which are performed on period instruments. Théodore Gouvy’s little-known sonatas and Benjamin Godard’s fragrant lyricism are part of a lineage that includes the masterful large-scale Piano Sonata of Vincent d’Indy, the virtuosic rarities – many in première recordings – of Saint-Saëns, Satie’s tenderness and wit, and unknown piano versions of some of Debussy’s greatest orchestral masterpieces.

 

Review excerpts of previously released volumes included in this set:

Gouvy: Sonatas for Piano 4 Hands / Naoumoff, Yau Cheng

Their ensemble and musicality allow these works to be heard in their best light. The sound is excellent and the booklet notes are quite well written.

-- American Record Guide

Saint-Saëns: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 5 / Burleson

Burleson proves to be a fine advocate for this music: He balances just the right amount of elegance and grace with the fieriness that this music requires. And he is a virtuoso par excellence, easily handling the numerous difficulties one finds in this music.

-- Fanfare

Godard: Piano Works, Vol. 2 / Reyes

Reyes’s second volume of Godard’s piano works is as well played and brimming with new discoveries as her first volume. Here we get four nocturnes, two of which look back to Chopin, One (Op 139) looks forward to Poulenc, and the last (Op. 150) looks towards Fauré. The opening work, ‘Reve Vecu’ (Living a Dream) could easily be classified as a nocturne as well. All give Reyes the opportunity to make use of her wonderful legato touch.

-- American Record Guide



Product Description:


  • Release Date: June 10, 2022


  • Catalog Number: GP900X


  • UPC: 747313990023


  • Label: Grand Piano


  • Number of Discs: 6


  • Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns



Works:


  1. Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in D Minor, Op. 36

    Composer: Louis Théodore Gouvy

    Performer: Emile Naoumoff (piano), Yau Cheng (piano)


  2. Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in C Minor, Op. 49

    Composer: Louis Théodore Gouvy

    Performer: Emile Naoumoff (piano), Yau Cheng (piano)


  3. Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in F Major, Op. 51

    Composer: Louis Théodore Gouvy

    Performer: Emile Naoumoff (piano), Yau Cheng (piano)


  4. Bagatelles (2)

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saens

    Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (piano)


  5. Antwort

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saens

    Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (piano)


  6. Fantaisie sur la Quintette de L'Etoile du Nord de Meyerbeer

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saens

    Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (piano)


  7. Valse du Prophete de Meyerbeer

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saens

    Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (piano)


  8. Fantaisie sur Lohengrin de Wagner

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saens

    Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (piano)


  9. Chœur des Derviches Tourneurs Tiré des Ruines d'Athénes de Beethoven

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saens

    Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (piano)


  10. Paraphrase sur Gallia de Gounod

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saens

    Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (piano)


  11. Scherzo sur Les Pècheurs de Perles de Bizet

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saens

    Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (piano)


  12. La mort de Thaïs, paraphrase de concert pour piano sur l'opéra de Massenet

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saens

    Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (piano)


  13. Improvisation sur la Beethoven-Cantate de Liszt

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saens

    Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (piano)


  14. Africa, Op. 89

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saens

    Performer: Geoffrey Burleson (piano)


  15. L'enfant prodigue: Prélude

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  16. Rodrigue et Chimène: Prélude

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  17. Préludes, Book 1: No. 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  18. Prélude à l'histoire de Tristan

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  19. Préludes, Book 2: No. 5. Bruyères

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  20. Toomai des éléphants

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  21. Petite valse

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  22. Fêtes Galantes, Tableau 1: Les Masques

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  23. Le martyre de St. Sébastien, Act III: Le concile des faux dieux: La passion

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  24. No-Ja-Li (Le Palais du Silence)

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  25. Le Roi Léar

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  26. Un jour affreux avec le Diable dans le Beffroi

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  27. La Chute de la Maison Usher

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  28. Pièce sans titre, "Caresse"

    Composer: Erik Satie

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  29. Je te veux

    Composer: Erik Satie

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  30. Jack In The Box

    Composer: Erik Satie

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  31. La mort de Monsieur Mouche: Prélude

    Composer: Erik Satie

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  32. Verset laïque et somptueux

    Composer: Erik Satie

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  33. Le Poisson rêveur (The Dreamy Fish), "Modéré"

    Composer: Erik Satie

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  34. Le bœuf Angora (The Angora Ox)

    Composer: Erik Satie

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  35. Poudre d'or

    Composer: Erik Satie

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  36. Tendrement

    Composer: Erik Satie

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  37. Illusion

    Composer: Erik Satie

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  38. Le Piccadilly

    Composer: Erik Satie

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  39. La Diva de l'Empire (Marche chantée dans la Revue Dévidons la bobine!)

    Composer: Erik Satie

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  40. La Diva de l'Empire (Intermezzo américain d'après la célèbre chanson de Bonnaud, Blès et Satie)

    Composer: Erik Satie

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  41. Pousse l'amour: Chanson andalouse

    Composer: Erik Satie

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  42. [Exercise] [pour quatuor à cordes]

    Composer: Erik Satie

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  43. Fugue-valse

    Composer: Erik Satie

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  44. Passacaille

    Composer: Erik Satie

    Performer: Nicolas Horvath (piano)


  45. Piano Sonata in E, Op. 63

    Composer: Vincent d'Indy

    Conductor: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (piano)


  46. Tableaux de voyage, Op. 33: excerpts

    Composer: Vincent d'Indy

    Performer: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (piano)


  47. Reve vecu, Op. 140

    Composer: Benjamin Godard

    Performer: Eliane Reyes (piano)


  48. Nocturne No. 1, Op. 68

    Composer: Benjamin Godard

    Performer: Eliane Reyes (piano)


  49. Nocturne No. 2, Op. 90

    Composer: Benjamin Godard

    Performer: Eliane Reyes (piano)


  50. Nocturne No. 3, Op. 139

    Composer: Benjamin Godard

    Performer: Eliane Reyes (piano)


  51. Nocturne No. 4, Op. 150

    Composer: Benjamin Godard

    Performer: Eliane Reyes (piano)


  52. 3 Morceaux, Op. 16

    Composer: Benjamin Godard

    Performer: Eliane Reyes (piano)


  53. Fantaisie, Op. 143

    Composer: Benjamin Godard

    Performer: Eliane Reyes (piano)


  54. Renouveau, Op. 82

    Composer: Benjamin Godard

    Performer: Eliane Reyes (piano)


  55. Fragments poetiques, Op. 13

    Composer: Benjamin Godard

    Performer: Eliane Reyes (piano)