Tailleferre - Her Piano Works, Revived Vol.1 | Grand Piano GP891

Tailleferre - Her Piano Works, Revived Vol.1


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Label: Grand Piano

Cat No: GP891

Barcode: 0747313989126

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 8th April 2022



Germaine Tailleferre is best known for being the only female member of the French group of composers known as Les Six, and her stylish combination of neo-Classicism with a ready wit and energy can be compared to Poulenc and Milhaud. From the captivating Romance written while still a student, to her sparkling music for the 1937 Paris international exhibition, all of these pieces show Tailleferre as being very much at the heart of the contemporary French musical scene. This recording, described by the composer’s granddaughter as being ‘as though Tailleferre herself was perfoming these works’, is the first of three volumes presenting the complete piano music played by Nicolas Horvath.

The Monaco born, France based, pianist Nicolas Horvath is Grand Piano’s most versatile artist. His 18 albums for the label span repertoire from the classical period and until today. Nicolas has received numerous awards, including First Prize at the Scriabin and the Luigi Nono International Competitions, and is noted for concerts of unusual length, sometimes lasting over twelve hours, such as the overnight performance of the complete piano music of Erik Satie at the Paris Philharmonie before a cumulative audience of 14,000 people. In 2019 he performed alongside Philip Glass at the same venue in a programme devoted to the American composer’s piano music. Horvath’s much-admired discography for our label includes the highly acclaimed Philip Glass solo piano edition, Glassworlds; the complete piano works of Erik Satie (New Salabert edition); Carl Czerny’s 30 Études; lesser-known piano music by Claude Debussy; piano sonatas by the Estonian composer Jaan Rääts; and music by the American experimental composer Alvin Lucier. His latest project brings to life forgotten masterpieces by French female composers, including world premiere recordings of piano sonatas by Anne-Louise Brillon de Jouy and Hélène de Montgeroult.

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