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Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937): Cathédrales; Paysages Franciscains. Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 / Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano; BBC PO, Juanjo Mena

Notes & Reviews:

This is the eagerly awaited second volume of orchestral works by Pierné, played by the BBC Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena and featuring Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. The first volume, released five years ago, was 'a delectable aperitif' (American Record Review). More successful than his older rival Debussy in the early twentieth century, the composer Pierné deserves to be better known nowadays. This recording features some of his most virtuosic and yet mysterious pieces, placing him at the frontier between romantic (Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Franck) and contemporary impressionist (Ravel, Debussy) influences.

The Guardian, 26th August 2015
These pieces are pleasant, wonderfully fluent but ultimately unremarkable examples of French late romanticism...Bavouzet is not only a dazzling soloist in the three concertante works, but adds two of PiernT's solo piano pieces, the Nocturne en Forme de Valse and a concert study, for good measure.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2015
Bavouzet is a convincing and enthusiastic advocate, sparkling in the Scherzo-Caprice, calmly noble at the opening of the Poeme symphonique and negotiating the abrupt turns of mood in the Fantasie-ballet with ease... the highlight and revelation of the disc, though, is the suite Paysages franciscains from 1919.


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