Jean-Pierre Leguay - Etoile, Trio, Azur | Neos Music NEOS11415

Jean-Pierre Leguay - Etoile, Trio, Azur

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Label: Neos Music

Cat No: NEOS11415

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 10th November 2014

Contents

Artists

Irene Assayag (harpsichord)
Yuki Manuela Janke (violin)
Mario Blaumer (cello)
Janine Neugebauer (clarinet, bass clarinet)
Vilmantas Kaliunas (oboe, cor anglais)
Britta Jacobs (flute, piccolo)
Xiangzi Cao (violin)
Benjamin Rivinius (viola)
Dominique Merlet (piano)

Conductor

Joachim Fontaine

Works

Leguay, Jean-Pierre

Azur
Etoile
Trio for violin, viola and cello

Artists

Irene Assayag (harpsichord)
Yuki Manuela Janke (violin)
Mario Blaumer (cello)
Janine Neugebauer (clarinet, bass clarinet)
Vilmantas Kaliunas (oboe, cor anglais)
Britta Jacobs (flute, piccolo)
Xiangzi Cao (violin)
Benjamin Rivinius (viola)
Dominique Merlet (piano)

Conductor

Joachim Fontaine

About

Three works, three worlds, three journeys. Each is related in scale, density, in the tortuous nature of the journey it undertakes, and in its joint desire for action and contemplation. Each is rooted in its need for space and time, and in its desire to take on a substantial journey, a quest, a conquest.
 
Listening to them, one might well consider these works as a large-scale trilogy. However, the idiomatic nature of each instrumental setting, and the specific principles which are followed in each composition, emphasise the three different approaches.
 
All three pieces belong to a group of large scale compositions, which are written without separate movements yet each with a unified trajectory which undergoes multiple twists and turns.
 
Jean-Pierre Leguay was an organ student of André Marchal, Gaston Litaize and Rolande Falcinelli. He studied counterpoint with Simone Plé-Caussade and composition with Olivier Messiaen, before becoming titular organist at Notre-Dame-des-Champs in Paris from 1961 to 1984. In 1985 he was appointed titular organist at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. He has won numerous prizes for organ, improvisation (on the organ and piano) and composition.

Internationally recognized as a concert organist, composer and improviser, not only at the organ and piano, but also in a group, Jean-Pierre Leguay pursues his three-fold career in France and abroad, throughout Europe, Canada, the United States and Asia.

He became a “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” on 1 January 2013.

Track Listing:
[01] Étoilé for harpsichord and five instrumentalists (1981)
Irène Assayag (harpsichord), Yuki Manuela Janke (violin), Mario Blaumer (cello), Janine Neugebauer (clarinet, bass clarinet), Vilmantas Kaliunas (oboe, cor anglais), Britta Jacobs (flute, piccolo)
Joachim Fontaine: conductor

[02] Trio for violin, viola and violoncello (1978–1991)
Xiangzi Cao (violin), Benjamin Rivinius (viola), Mario Blaumer (cello)

[03] Azur for piano (1990–1991)
Live recording of the recital on 12 May 1993, Gaveau, Paris
Dominique Merlet (piano)

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