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Roussel: Piano Music, Vol. 1 / Sonatine; The Sandman; Trois Pieces et al. / Jean-Pierre Armengaud, piano

Album Summary

>Roussel, Albert : Sonatina for piano, Op. 16
>Roussel, Albert : Le Marchand de sable qui passe, incidental music, Op. 13
>Roussel, Albert : Pieces (3) for piano, Op. 49
>Roussel, Albert : Prelude and Fugue for piano, Op. 46
>Roussel, Albert : Doute, for piano
>Roussel, Albert : Petit canon perpétuel, for piano
>Roussel, Albert : L' Accueil des muses, for piano ("Tombeau de Claude Debussy")
>Roussel, Albert : Ségovia for guitar, Op. 29
>Roussel, Albert : Conte à la poupée, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Albert Roussel forged a unique musical identity in his music and remains one of the most intriguing and influential of French composers. In this first of three volumes of his complete piano music, one can hear his originality as early as the Sonatine, Op. 16, composed in 1912 where fantasy and atmospheric color are prominent. Le Marchand de sable qui passe, Op. 13 (The Sandman) is incidental music written for a verse play where the influence of Debussy and Wagner can sometimes be felt. Roussel's last creative phase, represented by Trois Pieces, Op. 49, reveals his incisive wit, concern for rhythmic vitality, and even jazzy turns of phrase.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
The first of three volumes of Roussel's complete piano music. Here we have his arrangement of his incidental music to Aubry's Sandman, his Prelude and Fugue, Op. 46, and the Three Pieces, Op. 49, alongside a few shorter works. The standout is Armengaud's performance of the Three Pieces; clear, energetic, sympathetic, with a wide array of colors to illuminate Roussel's brilliant exploration of rhythm, gesture, and polytonality.



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>Roussel, Albert : Sonatina for piano, Op. 16
  • Performer: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 4'33" Pierre Malbos, Ivry sur Seine (10/11/2012-10/12/2012)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Roussel, Albert : Le Marchand de sable qui passe, incidental music, Op. 13
  • Performer: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 4'33" Pierre Malbos, Ivry sur Seine (09/06/2012-09/07/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Roussel, Albert : Pieces (3) for piano, Op. 49
  • Performer: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Roussel, Albert : Prelude and Fugue for piano, Op. 46
  • Performer: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1932-1934

>Roussel, Albert : Doute, for piano
  • Performer: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Roussel, Albert : Petit canon perpétuel, for piano
  • Performer: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Roussel, Albert : L' Accueil des muses, for piano ("Tombeau de Claude Debussy")
  • Performer: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920

>Roussel, Albert : Ségovia for guitar, Op. 29
  • Performer: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925

>Roussel, Albert : Conte à la poupée, for piano
  • Performer: Jean-Pierre Armengaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904