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Poètes du Piano
     

Poètes du Piano

by Pascal Rogé
 
This recital of French piano music -- counting Chopin as an honorary Frenchman -- is the first time Pascal Rogé has recorded any of Chopin's works. It's not that Rogé had ignored Chopin before, just that his recordings focused on the later French composers. Chopin becomes the focal point here, even though Rogé begins with a

Overview

This recital of French piano music -- counting Chopin as an honorary Frenchman -- is the first time Pascal Rogé has recorded any of Chopin's works. It's not that Rogé had ignored Chopin before, just that his recordings focused on the later French composers. Chopin becomes the focal point here, even though Rogé begins with a Fauré nocturne. His graceful way of phrasing in that -- including in the more dramatic middle section -- leads right into Chopin's similarly constructed "Nocturne No. 13 in C minor," where Rogé's playing becomes more expansive as the excitement increases and proves that this will not be all dreamy, languid lushness. The same polish and elegance are applied to a Poulenc nocturne, making it successfully fit into the Poetes du Piano program, although more generally Poulenc's piano writing is spikier than that of the other "poets" here. Next Rogé moves on to similar juxtapositions of Ravel's and Chopin's waltzes, then Debussy's etudes and preludes with Chopin's etudes and preludes, and concludes with Chopin's "Ballad No. 4," the largest and most dramatic work in the program. The suppleness of technique that underlies his phrasing comes through particularly in the etudes. The consistency in his attention to both touch and phrasing -- almost a little too obvious in Chopin's "Prelude in B minor, Op. 28/6" -- is what makes all of the works come together as a greatly enjoyable and satisfying whole. This is a live recording, but there is no sign of an audience until the end of the disc, which is hard to believe given the clarity of the sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2010
Label:
Onyx Classics Uk
UPC:
0880040405726
catalogNumber:
4057

Tracks

  1. Ballade for piano No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52, CT. 5
  2. Canope, prelude for piano, L. 123/10
  3. Les collines d'Anacapri, for piano, L. 117/5
  4. Prelude for piano No. 6 in B minor, Op. 28/6, CT. 171
  5. La fille aux cheveux de lin, prelude for piano, L. 117/8
  6. Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
  7. Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses, prelude for piano, L. 123/4
  8. Etude for piano No. 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25
  9. Pour les arpèges composés, etudes for piano, L. 136/11
  10. Etude for piano No. 13 in A flat major, Op. 25/1, CT. 26
  11. Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213
  12. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra): Modéré
  13. Nocturne No. 1 for piano in C major, FP 56/1
  14. Nocturne for piano No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48/1, CT. 120
  15. Nocturne for piano No. 1 in E flat Minor, Op. 33/1
  16. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra): Presque lent - dans un sentiment intime
  17. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra): Assez animé

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