Bizet: Complete Music for Solo Piano

Bizet: Complete Music for Solo Piano

by Julia Severus
     
 

A collection of Bizet's piano music is a bit more desirable as a purchase than instrumental music by other composers known primarily for opera; Bizet was a fine pianist and made money through his keyboard skills while he was struggling as an opera composer. He wasn't happy about it, however, and his complete compositions as a group reveal hisSee more details below

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A collection of Bizet's piano music is a bit more desirable as a purchase than instrumental music by other composers known primarily for opera; Bizet was a fine pianist and made money through his keyboard skills while he was struggling as an opera composer. He wasn't happy about it, however, and his complete compositions as a group reveal his ambivalent attitude. Some of the pieces on this two-disc set are student works, dating as far back as Bizet's early teens in the case of the "Romance sans paroles" (CD 2, track 11). Much of this early music reveals debts to Chopin or, in the case of the "Variations chromatiques de concert," Beethoven. Other works seem to have been written for Bizet's own use, and they're not fundamentally different from the piano productions of lesser composers. The two suites from "L'Arlésiennes," arranged by Bizet, do not survive the transition to the keyboard terribly well; they're purely commercial productions. The "Grande valse de concert in E flat major" would be hard to pick out as Bizet's. All this said, there are a few pieces, from later in the composer's career, where Bizet applied himself to the task of transferring his distinctive voice to the piano, and these, above all: the "Chants du Rhin," "Venise," and the "Chasse fantastique," all on disc 2. These contain the color and passion that made "Carmen" such a perennial favorite, and lovers of that opera will find some pearls here. Pianist Julia Severus handles the variety of idioms with ease. She contributes her own informative booklet notes, which are given in English, French, and German. No translator is credited; Severus was born and trained in Germany and now teaches in France, so perhaps she is responsible for all three versions.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2011
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313083176
catalogNumber:
8570831-32
Rank:
295808

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Tracks

  1. L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 2, from the incidental music (arranged by Ernest Guirard)  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  2. Chasse fantastique, for piano  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  3. Marine, for piano  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  4. Work(s): Romance sans paroles  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  5. Work(s): Venise  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  6. Casilda, polka-mazurka for piano  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  7. Romance sans paroles, for piano in C major  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  8. Work(s): Méditation religieuse  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  9. Les Chants du Rhin, pieces (6) for piano  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  10. L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 1, from the incidental music  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  11. Thème brillant, for piano in C Major  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  12. Caprice original for piano No. 2 in C major  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  13. Caprice original for piano No. 1 in C sharp minor  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  14. Preludes (4) for piano  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  15. Valse, for piano in C Major  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  16. Variations chromatiques de concert, for piano  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  17. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in D major  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  18. Trois Esquisses musicales, for piano or harmonium  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  19. Grande valse de concert, for piano in E flat major  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus
  20. Nocturne for piano No. 1 in F major  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Severus

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