Bizet: Complete Music for Solo Piano

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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: 2/22/2011
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313083176
  • Catalog Number: 8570831-32
  • Sales rank: 174,360

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nocturne for piano No. 1 in F major - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (7:15)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
  2. 2 Grande valse de concert, for piano in E flat major - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (6:55)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
  3. 3–5 Trois Esquisses musicales, for piano or harmonium - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (12:07)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
    1. 3Ronde turque
    2. 4Sérénade
    3. 5Caprice
  4. 6 Nocturne for piano No. 2 in D major - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (4:12)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
  5. 7 Variations chromatiques de concert, for piano - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (13:07)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
  6. 8 Valse, for piano in C Major - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (2:00)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
  7. 9–12 Preludes (4) for piano - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (3:01)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
    1. 9Prélude No. 1 in C major
    2. 10Prélude No. 2 in A minor
    3. 11Prélude No. 3 in G major
    4. 12Prélude No. 4 in E minor
  8. 13 Caprice original for piano No. 1 in C sharp minor - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (3:02)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
  9. 14 Caprice original for piano No. 2 in C major - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (1:25)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
  10. 15 Thème brillant, for piano in C Major - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (2:22)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
  11. 16–19 L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 1, from the incidental music - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (15:41)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
    1. 16Prélude
    2. 17Minuetto
    3. 18Adagietto
    4. 19Carillon
Disc 2
  1. 1–6 Les Chants du Rhin, pieces (6) for piano - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (20:35)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
    1. 1L'aurore
    2. 2Le départ
    3. 3Les rêves
    4. 4La bohémienne
    5. 5Les confidences
    6. 6Le retour
  2. 7 Work(s): Méditation religieuse - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (4:42)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
  3. 8 Romance sans paroles, for piano in C major - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (3:32)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
  4. 9 Casilda, polka-mazurka for piano - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (2:22)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
  5. 10 Work(s): Venise - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (2:20)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
  6. 11 Work(s): Romance sans paroles - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (3:10)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
  7. 12 Marine, for piano - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (3:26)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
  8. 13 Chasse fantastique, for piano - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (6:23)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
  9. 14–17 L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 2, from the incidental music (arranged by Ernest Guirard) - Georges Bizet & Julia Severus (14:50)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
    1. 14Pastorale
    2. 15Intermezzo
    3. 16Menuet
    4. 17Farandole
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Julia Severus Primary Artist
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