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Jean Cras: My Beloved Family / Boisvert, Peintre, Jacquon, Graffin, Kerdoncuff et al.

> Ames d'enfants (version for piano 6 hands) - I. Pures
> Ames d'enfants (version for piano 6 hands) - II. Naives
> Ames d'enfants (version for piano 6 hands) - III. Mysterieuses
> Premier anniversaire - Premier anniversaire
> Air varie - Air varie
> Habanera - Habanera
> Evocation - Evocation
> Eglogue - Eglogue
> 3 Chansons bretonnes - No. 1. La rencontre
> 3 Chansons bretonnes - No. 2. L'Aveu
> 3 Chansons bretonnes - No. 3. La mort
> Piano Concerto - I. Lent - Modere - Anime
> Piano Concerto - II. Tres lent
> Piano Concerto - III. Tres anime

Album Summary

>Cras, Jean : Ames d'enfants (Children's Souls), for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra)
>Cras, Jean : Premier anniversaire (First Birthday), for piano
>Cras, Jean : Pieces (4), for violin & piano
>Cras, Jean : Chansons bretonnes (3) for voice and piano
>Cras, Jean : Piano Concerto
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Notes & Reviews:

This is the final volume in the Cras series. It is entirely devoted to the works that Jean Cras composed for his wife or children, all of them musicians. The booklet includes text by a specialist, several photos, most newly released, that reveal a Jean Cras who swapped his officer's uniform for more homely garb.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
His style is pleasant. He was a midshipman as well as a composer, and many have heard the echoes of the sea in his works. Ames d'Enfants (Children's Souls) is for piano six hands, written for a trio of young French girls whom Cras had seen perform. It a fairly substantial work, each movement around four or five minutes long; the performance is careful. The Four Pieces for Violin and Piano were also birthday presents for Jean-Pierre; the violinist on the Skarbo release, Marie-Annick Nicolas, had a richer tone. This is a wonderful set of pieces and would make a terrific addition to a recital. Trois Chansons Bretonnes was Cras's last work; he finished it six months before dying of cancer. He wrote the texts himself and dedicated the songs to his wife. The Piano Concerto, with Colette Cras- Tansman (Jean's daughter, Alexander Tansman's wife), was recorded in 1948, presumably on 78s. The range of frequencies is pretty good. Informative notes in English and French, with song texts.



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Works Details

>Cras, Jean : Ames d'enfants (Children's Souls), for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Laurent Wagschal (Piano); François Kerdoncuff (Piano); Alain Jacquon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Cras, Jean : Premier anniversaire (First Birthday), for piano
  • Performer: Alain Jacquon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Cras, Jean : Pieces (4), for violin & piano
  • Performers: Philippe Graffin (Violin); Alain Jacquon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926-1929

>Cras, Jean : Chansons bretonnes (3) for voice and piano
  • Performers: Lionel Peintre (Baritone); Alain Jacquon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Cras, Jean : Piano Concerto
  • Performer: Colette Cras-Tansman (Piano)
  • Conductor: Eugene Bigot
  • Running Time: 24 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto