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Poulenc, Françaix, Martinu, Durey: 20th Century Harpsichord Music / Christopher D. Lewis, harpsichord

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Suite française (d'après Claude Gervaise), for piano (arr. from chamber version), FP 80
>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Pièces (2), for harpsichord
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Impromptus (2) for harpsichord, H. 381
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Harpsichord Sonata, H. 368
>Durey, Louis : Inventions (10) for piano
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Pieces (2) for harpsichord, H. 244
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

One of the pioneers of the 20th-century resurrection of interest in the harpsichord was the great virtuoso Wanda Landowska who assisted in the development of a harpsichord built by Pleyel of Paris. Performing on a 1930s Pleyel harpsichord, Christopher Lewis has chosen a programme of 20th-century works by French or French-based composers. Poulenc's colourful Suite française is followed by Françaix's exciting and previously unrecorded Deux Pièces. Martinu's lyricism and intensity of expression can be heard in the Sonata and other pieces while Louis Durey's piquant Dix Inventions is both a homage to Bach's Two-Part Inventions and a work whose compositional technique is firmly rooted in the modern era.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Christopher D Lewis is a specialist in modern harpsichord repertoire and a researcher into the instrument's use in pop music. This is his second recording for Naxos. The most substantial piece is first in the program: Poulenc's clever Suite Francaise, based on much older music by Claude Gervaise. It exists as both a piano solo and an ensemble piece for winds, harpsichord, and percussion. Lewis plays his own solo-harpsichord arrangement from the piano edition.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Residence of Tom Perkins, Belvedere, California, USA (03/07/2014-03/11/2014).



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>Poulenc, Francis : Suite française (d'après Claude Gervaise), for piano (arr. from chamber version), FP 80
  • Performer: Christopher Lewis (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Residence of Tom Perkins, Belvedere, California, USA (03/07/2014-03/11/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Pièces (2), for harpsichord
  • Performer: Christopher Lewis (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Residence of Tom Perkins, Belvedere, California, USA (03/07/2014-03/11/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1977

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Impromptus (2) for harpsichord, H. 381
  • Performer: Christopher Lewis (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Residence of Tom Perkins, Belvedere, California, USA (03/07/2014-03/11/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 03/21/1959

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Harpsichord Sonata, H. 368
  • Performer: Christopher Lewis (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Residence of Tom Perkins, Belvedere, California, USA (03/07/2014-03/11/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 03/1958

>Durey, Louis : Inventions (10) for piano
  • Performer: Christopher Lewis (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Residence of Tom Perkins, Belvedere, California, USA (03/07/2014-03/11/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Pieces (2) for harpsichord, H. 244
  • Performer: Christopher Lewis (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Residence of Tom Perkins, Belvedere, California, USA (03/07/2014-03/11/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 06/1935