Pierné: Piano Concerto; Divertissments sur un Thème Pastoral; Suites form 'Ramuntcho'

Pierné: Piano Concerto; Divertissments sur un Thème Pastoral; Suites form 'Ramuntcho'

by Jean-Efflam BavouzetJean-Efflam Bavouzet


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A revival of the works of Gabriel Pierné has been spearheaded by a handful of dedicated labels that champion unjustly neglected classics, and Chandos has joined them with this fine recording by Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic of the "Piano Concerto in C minor," the two suites of incidental music from Ramuntcho, and two shorter pieces. Pierné's career extended from the late Romantic era to the early modern, a period spanning roughly 50 years between the belle epoque in France and World War II, so there is a fairly wide range of influences. His early works share features with those of his teachers, César Franck and Jules Massenet, and his later style leans more to his contemporaries, Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy; overall, however, his oeuvre is perhaps closest to the music of Camille Saint-Saëns. Whether in the grand form of his "Piano Concerto" (which was modeled on Saint-Saëns' "Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor"), the neo-Classical wit of the "Divertissements sur un thème pastoral," or in the other picturesque pieces on this album, Pierné's charming melodies, pristine colors, and vivacious rhythms are often arresting and always memorable. Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet delivers a robust performance of the concerto that is exciting in the fast sections, but luxuriant in more reflective passages, and the orchestra offers a wonderful palette of sonorities in the accompaniment. Chandos' reproduction is excellent, offering vivid sonorities, spacious acoustics, and vibrant presence in all of the selections.

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Release Date: 01/25/2011
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115163320
catalogNumber: 10633


  1. Ramuntcho, incidental music: Suite No 2
  2. Ramuntcho, incidental music: Suite No 1
  3. Divertissements sur un thème pastoral, for orchestra, Op. 49
  4. Piano Concerto in C minor, Op. 12
  5. March of the Little Lead Soldiers, for orchestra/piano, Op. 14/6

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Pierné: Piano Concerto; Divertissments sur un Thème Pastoral; Suites form 'Ramuntcho' 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic work that includes some wonderfully fast paced and up tempo pieces that can then transcend into a beautiful lullabye. There are even some movements that have a tinge of a devious plot being afoot. I enjoyed the roller coaster ride of emotions that was precisely performed by the orchestra. Such a warm assembly of instruments as well.