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Baptiste Trotignon (b.1974): Concerto for piano "Different Spaces"; Pieces (3) for 2 pianos; Préludes (3) / Nicholas Angelich, piano; Baptiste Trotignon, piano

Album Summary

>Trotignon, Baptiste : Concerto for Piano ("Different Spaces")
>Trotignon, Baptiste : Pièces (3), for 2 pianos
>Trotignon, Baptiste : Préludes (3) for piano
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Following the release of 12 jazz albums since the early 2000s, the love story between na´ve and Baptiste Trotignon is given a new impulse through a project that one could hardly expect without a real knowledge of the pianist's deep involvement into all sorts of music. Baptiste Trotignon's activity as a composer has been constant since 20 years, although it has reached a real maturity over the past few years, marked by the first performance of "Different Spaces" in Bordeaux in 2012 and that of his trio "Subterfuges" at the prestigious London Wigmore Hall, by Philippe Cassard, David Grimal and Anne Gastinel. Baptiste Trotignon's long friendship with internationally renowned Classical repertoire pianist Nicholas Angelich resulted in the astonishing adventure of that four-movement Piano Concerto, full of colors and structured around several sophisticated musical ideas and influences. Commissioned by the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, it received an enthusiastic welcome and Baptiste Trotignon was selected as one of the three finalists of the Composer of the Year category at the 2014 Victoires de la Musique Classique. Solo and duo piano pieces complement the concerto on the recording.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
The result quite nice - an often lovely 35 minutes of airy, fluent, graceful, light-filled musical "spaces" that reverberate with gorgeous harmonies, rippling figurations, delicate ornaments, and a shimmering, joyous plangency. Contemporary jazz elements are present. One can easily imagine parts of the concerto as a contemporary film score. If you enjoy very pretty music that skates over the surface without probing any depths or exploring any unknown territory, you'll like this.

The two sets of two-piano pieces and solo piano preludes are clearly from the same hand. I liked them too, with the same reservations mentioned above about the concerto.

Have I mentioned that the performances and sound are especially good? Yes, so I have.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium de Bordeaux (08/2014).



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>Trotignon, Baptiste : Concerto for Piano ("Different Spaces")
  • Performer: Nicholas Angelich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Paul Daniel
  • Ensemble: Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine
  • Running Time: 12 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012

>Trotignon, Baptiste : Pièces (3), for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Nicholas Angelich (Piano); Baptiste Trotignon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Trotignon, Baptiste : Préludes (3) for piano
  • Performer: Nicholas Angelich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary