The French Piano School: Marius-Francois Gaillard & Carmen Guilbert | APR APR6025

The French Piano School: Marius-Francois Gaillard & Carmen Guilbert

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Label: APR

Cat No: APR6025

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 2nd January 2019

Contents

Works

Debussy, Claude

Arabesques (2)
Ballade
Estampes (3)
Images pour piano, Book 1
» I Reflets dans l'eau
La Plus que lente, L121
Masques
Mazurka, L67
Pour le piano
Preludes (12), Book 1
» no.1 Danseuses de Delphes
» no.8 La fille aux cheveux de lin (The girl with the flaxen hair)
» no.9 La Serenade interrompue
» no.10 La Cathedrale engloutie
» no.12 Minstrels
Preludes (12), Book 2
» no.3 La puerta del vino
» no.5 Bruyeres
» no.6 General Lavine - eccentric
» no.8 Ondine
» no.9 Hommage a S Pickwick Esq
Reverie
Suite bergamasque
» III Clair de Lune
» II Minuet
» I Prelude
Valse romantique, L71

Faure, Gabriel

Barcarolles (13)
» no.6 in E flat major, op.70
Impromptus (6)
» no.2 in F minor, op.31
Nocturne no.3 in A flat major, op.33 no.3
Nocturne no.6 in D flat major, op.63
Theme and Variations in C sharp minor, op.73

Ravel, Maurice

Miroirs
» Alborada del gracioso

Artists

Marius-Francois Gaillard (piano)
Carmen Guilbert (piano)

Works

Debussy, Claude

Arabesques (2)
Ballade
Estampes (3)
Images pour piano, Book 1
» I Reflets dans l'eau
La Plus que lente, L121
Masques
Mazurka, L67
Pour le piano
Preludes (12), Book 1
» no.1 Danseuses de Delphes
» no.8 La fille aux cheveux de lin (The girl with the flaxen hair)
» no.9 La Serenade interrompue
» no.10 La Cathedrale engloutie
» no.12 Minstrels
Preludes (12), Book 2
» no.3 La puerta del vino
» no.5 Bruyeres
» no.6 General Lavine - eccentric
» no.8 Ondine
» no.9 Hommage a S Pickwick Esq
Reverie
Suite bergamasque
» III Clair de Lune
» II Minuet
» I Prelude
Valse romantique, L71

Faure, Gabriel

Barcarolles (13)
» no.6 in E flat major, op.70
Impromptus (6)
» no.2 in F minor, op.31
Nocturne no.3 in A flat major, op.33 no.3
Nocturne no.6 in D flat major, op.63
Theme and Variations in C sharp minor, op.73

Ravel, Maurice

Miroirs
» Alborada del gracioso

Artists

Marius-Francois Gaillard (piano)
Carmen Guilbert (piano)

About

This release launches an important new APR series devoted to the French Piano School. For around 150 years France has nurtured a distinctive style of pianism centred on the teaching of the Paris Conservatoire. The heyday of the school was probably the first fifty years of the 20th century and this series of recordings aims to explore in depth the often-forgotten recordings made at this time.

Marius-François Gaillard was the first pianist to perform the complete piano works of Debussy in concert, which he did first in 1920, and again in 1922. He subsequently made the recordings featured here, and these were by far the largest body of Debussy piano recordings until the 1930s. As such they give us the closest view of Debussy playing to the composer’s own time and reveal a clarity and objectivity which exemplifies the traditions of French pianism but is somewhat different from the ‘impressionist’ style of Gieseking which was to follow and become the accepted model. Gaillard later pursued a career as a composer and his early recordings were forgotten. To commemorate the 100th anniversary year of Debussy’s death, this is their first reissue.

Carmen Guilbert also had a short active career, but as a pupil of Marguerite Long her playing, particularly of Fauré, is important. These are her complete classical recordings, though she also recorded three discs of Billy Mayerl!

Contents:

CD 1
Marius-François Gaillard plays Debussy (Odéon recordings, 1928-1930)
1.Jardins sous la pluie (Estampes no.3)
2. Rêverie
3-4. Deux Arabesques
5. Reflets dans l’eau (Images, Set I no.1)
6. La soirée dans Grenade (Estampes no.2)
7. La Cathédrale engloutie (Preludes, Book I no.10)
8. Ballade
9-11. Pour le piano
12-15. Preludes, Book 1: Danseuses de Delphes, La fille aux cheveux de lin, La serenade interrompue, Minstrels
16. Mazurka
17. La plus que lent;
18-21. Preludes, Book 2: La Puerta del Vino, General Lavine – exentric, Ondine, Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq., P.P.M.P.C.

CD 2
Marius-François Gaillard plays Debussy (Odéon recordings, 1928-1930)
1. Masques
2. Pagodes (Estampes no.1)
3. Valse romantique
4-6. Suite Bergamasque: Prélude, Menuet, Clair de lune

Carmen Guilbert: Pathé recordings (1930-1938)
Debussy
7. Minstrels (Preludes, Book I no.12)
8. Bruyères (Preludes, Book II no.5)
9-10. Pour le piano: Sarabande, Toccata
Fauré
11. Impromptu no.2 in F minor, op.31
12. Barcarolle no.6 in E flat major, op.70
13. Nocturne no.3 in A flat major, op.33 no.3
14. Nocturne no.6 in D flat major, op.63
15. Thème et variations, op.73
Ravel
16. Alborada del gracioso (no.4 from Miroirs)

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