Piano Music by Emmanuel Chabrier

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
In a perfect match of pianist and repertoire -- one that should be more predictable, if our most distinguished keyboard artists would perform this infinitely delightful music more often -- Angela Hewitt strikes a major blow on behalf of Emmanuel Chabrier with this album. As she's already illuminated the complete piano works of Ravel on disc, it's a real pleasure to hear Hewitt turn to an earlier French composer whose importance Ravel and many other masters openly acknowledged. Chabrier's Dix pièces pittoresques Ten Picturesque Pieces are a milestone of 19th-century French music, and they form the centerpiece of Hewitt's program; it's easy, if sometimes startling, to ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
In a perfect match of pianist and repertoire -- one that should be more predictable, if our most distinguished keyboard artists would perform this infinitely delightful music more often -- Angela Hewitt strikes a major blow on behalf of Emmanuel Chabrier with this album. As she's already illuminated the complete piano works of Ravel on disc, it's a real pleasure to hear Hewitt turn to an earlier French composer whose importance Ravel and many other masters openly acknowledged. Chabrier's Dix pièces pittoresques Ten Picturesque Pieces are a milestone of 19th-century French music, and they form the centerpiece of Hewitt's program; it's easy, if sometimes startling, to hear in this score elements later borrowed by Debussy the impressionistic "Sous-Bois" or Poulenc the lightness and clarity of "Idylle" and the central portion of "Paysage". Among the works included here, some recall Chabrier's famous rhapsody España, as the spirit of Spain also permeates the Aubade and the sultry Habanera for piano. If other pieces sound familiar, such as the irrepressible Bourrée fantasque, it may be because they also exist in orchestral versions including four of the Dix pièces, arranged as a Suite Pastorale, but their essential character comes through most clearly at the piano. Hewitt has a marvelously buoyant way with the staccato touch that much of Chabrier's music demands, not to mention its sheer charm; while her many recordings of Baroque music Bach, and more recently Couperin may be indispensable, this pianist is welcome to sojourn in more recent times whenever she pleases.
All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Anyone with a passing awareness of her wonderful recordings for Hyperion knows that Angela Hewitt is one of the world's leading interpreters of Bach, and that she's no slouch in recording works by Chopin, Couperin, Messiaen, and Ravel, either. Add to this distinguished roster the name of Emmanuel Chabrier, whose keyboard works Hewitt recorded in 2004, and rendered with as much technical polish and expressive depth as anyone could lavish on them. Whether or not such light and sometimes inconsequential piano music deserves special treatment, Hewitt is unstinting in her musicality, and she delivers colorful, idiomatic readings of these late nineteenth century miniatures that arguably make them sound better than they really are. All will agree that Hewitt's sensitivity and skill are beyond dispute and that this program is an excellent showcase for her astonishing abilities; it is only secondarily of interest because of Chabrier's music, which tends toward mildly picturesque vignettes at best and shallow parlor novelties at worst. In the former category are the late pieces, "Aubade" 1883, "Habanera" 1885, and "Bourrée fantasque" 1891, which exude sophistication and dry wit, and seem slightly ahead of their time; also worth hearing for their charming modern qualities are the posthumously published "Ballabile," "Caprice," and "Feuillet d'album" all 1897. Something of a mixed bag is "Dix pièces pittoresques" 1881, which are character sketches and dances in a pretty salon style, but most are melodically trite, harmonically predictable, and emotionally superficial. The earliest works offered, the "Impromptu" 1873 and the "Ronde champêtre" ca. 1870, are less compelling, except perhaps for a few eccentric harmonies and rhythms that vaguely anticipate Ravel; little else recommends them except their period color. So fans of Angela Hewitt will rejoice that she performs here with her usual brilliance and panache, but they may feel a little less jubilant about her choice of repertoire this time out. Hyperion's recording, however, is sublime in every way.
Gramophone - Jeremy Nicholas
[A] little gem of a disc.... Hewitt's performances are...as affectionate, warm, lyrical and charming as one could wish, underlining but not exaggerating Chabrier's deliciously predictable unpredictability.

[A] little gem of a disc.... Hewitt's performances are...as affectionate, warm, lyrical and charming as one could wish, underlining but not exaggerating Chabrier's deliciously predictable unpredictability.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2006
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571175157
  • Catalog Number: 67515
  • Sales rank: 236,759

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Impromptu, for piano in C major - Emmanuel Chabrier & Angela Hewitt (7:11)
  2. 2 Pièces posthumes (5), for piano: Ronde champêtre - Emmanuel Chabrier & Angela Hewitt (3:55)
  3. 3–12 Pièces pittoresques (10), for piano - Emmanuel Chabrier & Angela Hewitt (42:20)
  4. 4 Pièces posthumes (5), for piano: Aubade - Emmanuel Chabrier & Angela Hewitt (4:45)
  5. 5 Pièces posthumes (5), for piano: Ballabile - Emmanuel Chabrier & Angela Hewitt (1:33)
  6. 6 Pièces posthumes (5), for piano: Caprice - Emmanuel Chabrier & Angela Hewitt (2:44)
  7. 7 Pièces posthumes (5), for piano: Feuillet d'album - Emmanuel Chabrier & Angela Hewitt (2:13)
  8. 8 Habañera, for piano (or orchestra) - Emmanuel Chabrier & Angela Hewitt (4:35)
  9. 9 Bourrée fantasque, for piano (also for orchestra) - Emmanuel Chabrier & Angela Hewitt (6:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Angela Hewitt Primary Artist
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