Après un rêve - Belle epoque: Nights at the Piano / Emmanuel Despax

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“Après un rêve” is an ode to the French Belle Époque repertoire, depicting the beauty of dreams and the night. The album is an opportunity to hear and perhaps discover rarely played / rarely recorded wonderful works (Chaminade Nocturne, Duparc Aux étoiles, Poulenc Les soirées de Nazelles), alongside central pillars of the repertoire, and includes a world premiere of Despax’s arrangement of Après un rêve. The album is attributed to his grandfather, Jacques Charpentreau, a French poet who adored this repertoire and frequently drew inspiration from the night in his works. Despax has curated some of his poetry, as well as works by other poets he admired to complement this music, taking the listener on an immersive poetic and musical journey through this noctur- nal landscape.


Despax has recorded Bach, Brahms, Chopin, but the works here particularly suit his sensibility. In Maurice Ravel’s haunting masterpiece Gaspard de la Nuit, he masters the ferocious challenges with ease, delicacy, strength.

-- The Guardian (UK)

Product Description:

  • Release Date: August 18, 2023

  • Catalog Number: SIGCD747

  • UPC: 635212074725

  • Label: Signum Classics

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: Romantic, 20th Century

  • Composer: Cecile Chaminade, Claude Debussy, Henri Duparc, Gabriel Faure, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Ravel, Camille Saint-Saens

  • Performer: Emmanuel Despax


  1. Après un rêve, Op. 7, No. 1

    Composer: Gabriel Fauré

    Performer: Emmanuel Despax (Piano)

  2. Les Soirées de Nazelles, FP 84

    Composer: Francis Poulenc

    Performer: Emmanuel Despax (Piano)

  3. Suite bergamasque, L. 75: III. Clair de lune

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Emmanuel Despax (Piano)

  4. Danse macabre, Op. 40

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns

    Performer: Emmanuel Despax (Piano)

  5. Nocturne, Op. 165

    Composer: Cécile Chaminade

    Performer: Emmanuel Despax (Piano)

  6. Gaspard de la nuit

    Composer: Maurice Ravel

    Performer: Emmanuel Despax (Piano)

  7. Aux étoiles

    Composer: Henri Duparc

    Performer: Emmanuel Despax (Piano)