- Olivier Chauzu (Piano)
Notes & Reviews:
Discovered by eminent French pianist Yvonne Lefébure, pianist Olivier Chauzu (b. 1963) later studied with both Gabriel Tacchino and Jean-Claude Pennetier. Performing worldwide as both a soloist chamber player, Mr. Chauzu is noted for the extent and eclecticism of his repertoire, which includes piano works from all periods of musical history. His Calliope discography includes, among other recordings, these award-winning performances of Beethoven and Albéniz. "... a master of colors." - Le Monde
American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Chauzu's Iberia is sweeping and sensitive. His slower tempos call attention to Albeniz's rich harmonies and bring a meditative feel to the slower works, like the atmospheric 'Evocacion' his interpretations need more spontaneity. The lively 'El Puerto' is warm and extroverted. While his delicate touch produces a particularly lovely 'Jerez', thoughtful renderings. 'El Albacin' is steady, but crisper rhythms and more animation would keep the piece from sounding monotonous. Over-enunciated staccatos in 'Corpus Christi En Sevilla' minimize the linearity of the melodies. It's hard to beat Alicia de Larrocha's definitive recording of Iberia, and I still find that more satisfying. With more dynamic shadings and incisive rhythms, she creates a more vivid, memorable portrayal of Albeniz's Spain.
Recording information: Auditorium Gabriel Fauré du Conservatoire Henri Duparc.
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Works DetailsAlbéniz, Isaac [Composer] : Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47
- Performer: Olivier Chauzu (Piano)
- Running Time: 89 min. 20 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Written: 1905-1909