At the Heart of the 20th Century | Claves 501810

At the Heart of the 20th Century


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Label: Claves

Cat No: 501810

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 29th June 2018



The works recorded here, with the obvious exception of Philippe Hersantís solo, were written between 1930 and 1956. Following the CD that Marc and I had dedicated to the memory of the Jewish composer Pavel Haas, murdered by the Nazis, we wanted to delve further into this moment of History and tackle French and Swiss composers who had, naturally, been spared, but who were implicated in this most particular of periods.

Olivier Messiaen, upon his return from Stalag, was appointed professor at the Paris Conservatoire in 1942. Henri Dutilleux was then composing his first works marked by his brotherís captivity and the poetry of the resistant Jean Cassou, alias Jean Noir.

Pierre Sancan won the Rome Prize in 1943 and Frank Martin, who had just signed up with the prestigious Viennese Universal Editions in 1940, produced some of his major works during this same period, of which Cinderella (Le Conte de Cendrillon) in 1941. In 1943 in Geneva, he also met the wonderful Romanian pianist Dinu Lipatti who was to become a faithful friend and the dedicatee of his Eight Preludes.
Ė Fabrice Ferez

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