Henri Dutilleux: Complete Solo Piano Music

Henri Dutilleux: Complete Solo Piano Music

by John Chen
     
 

Henri Dutilleux may be excused for producing a small oeuvre since he has always been a fastidious craftsman who never turns out mediocre music but only his most refined work. It should come as no surprise, then, that a survey of his complete piano music would easily fit on a single CD, and that, aside from the robust "Sonata for piano" (1948), the atmospheric "Trois… See more details below

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Henri Dutilleux may be excused for producing a small oeuvre since he has always been a fastidious craftsman who never turns out mediocre music but only his most refined work. It should come as no surprise, then, that a survey of his complete piano music would easily fit on a single CD, and that, aside from the robust "Sonata for piano" (1948), the atmospheric "Trois Préludes" (1973, 1977, and 1988), and the witty neo-Classical suite "Au gré des ondes" (1946), most of his keyboard pieces would be under three minutes in length and succinct in character. Such restraint in music is rare, and the discipline Dutilleux displays in his miniatures reveals the concentration of his thought. If brevity is not necessarily the main point of "Bergerie" (1947), "Blackbird" (1950), "Tous les chemins...mènent à Rome" (1961), and "Résonances" (1965) -- all poetic character pieces with clear imagery -- it is directly stated in the titles of the undated "Petit air à dormir debout" and the "Mini-prélude en éventail," Dutilleux' briefest and most economical squibs. Pianist John Chen might be expected to lavish his attentions on the major works and pull back a little in the rest of his program; but his focus throughout is steady, his energy is unflagging, and his mastery of Dutilleux's mutable language encompasses the density of the sonata as well as the transparency of the "Mini-prélude." Naxos provides exceptional sound, and the full range of Chen's dynamics is reproduced with great fidelity.

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Editorial Reviews

Dallas Morning News - Scott Cantrell
[Grade: A-] Elegantly crafted, intellectually stimulating, sonically gratifying, these pieces deserve a place in the active repertory.
The Guardian - Tim Ashley
Chen plays everything with supple finesse and just the requisite touch of dispassion, carefully exposing every shift in colour and sonority.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313282326
catalogNumber:
8557823
Rank:
339597

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Tracks

  1. Sonata for piano  - Henri Dutilleux  - John Chen
  2. Préludes (3) for piano  - Henri Dutilleux  - John Chen
  3. Au gré des ondes, short pieces (6) for piano  - Henri Dutilleux  - John Chen
  4. Bergerie, easy piece for piano  - Henri Dutilleux  - John Chen
  5. Blackbird, easy piece for piano  - Henri Dutilleux  - John Chen
  6. Tous les chemins, easy piece for piano  - Henri Dutilleux  - John Chen
  7. Resonances, for piano  - Henri Dutilleux  - John Chen
  8. Petit air à dormir debout, easy piece for piano  - Henri Dutilleux  - John Chen
  9. Mini-prélude en éventail, prelude for piano  - Henri Dutilleux  - John Chen

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John Chen   Primary Artist

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