Dutilleux - Piano Sonata, Le Loup, 3 Preludes | Grand Piano GP790

Dutilleux - Piano Sonata, Le Loup, 3 Preludes


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Label: Grand Piano

Cat No: GP790

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 10th September 2021



The music in this album spans a forty-year period from 1948 to 1988 and reflects Dutilleux’s stylistic development as a composer. He considered the Sonata to be the first main work in his catalogue and it represents a turning away from tradition and embraces the transformative musical explorations of the day. The Three Préludes are pieces of concentrated atmospheres, ‘a kind of study of timbres’, in the composer’s words, and each are dedicated to a renowned pianist: No.1 to Arthur Rubinstein, No.2 to Claude Helffer, and No.3 to Eugene Istomin. Dutilleux’s lively music for the ballet Le Loup (‘The Wolf’) is heard here in a première recording of the original piano solo version.

Jean-Pierre Armengaud has pursued a particularly rich international career as a pianist and concert-performer, notable for the extent of his repertoire, by the number of countries to which he has been invited and the importance of his recordings which include five highly acclaimed editions of the complete works of French and Russian composers. A pupil of Yves Nat and Jacques Février, and of the Russian Stanislav Neuhaus, Armengaud is today acknowledged as one of the great interpreters of French music from Rameau to Henri Dutilleux. His many recordings of piano music have been critically lauded. Jean-Pierre Armengaud is also a distinguished scholar and teacher in universities and in masterclasses at major Conservatoires.

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