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Romantic Piano Concerto 34 - Gabriel Pierné / Coombs, et al

Album Summary

>Pierné, Gabriel : Concerto for Piano in C minor, Op. 12
>Pierné, Gabriel : Poème symphonique for Piano and Orchestra in D minor, Op. 37
>Pierné, Gabriel : Fantaisie-Ballet, for piano & orchestra in B flat major, Op. 6
>Pierné, Gabriel : Scherzo-caprice for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 25
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Notes & Reviews:

There are three world premiere recordings on this charming disc of the complete music for piano and orchestra by the unaccountably neglected Gabriel Pierne. The earliest three works on this CD were all written between 1885 and 1890 and could easily be mistaken for the works of Saint-Saens. The 'Poeme Symphonique' of 1903 is harmonically more daring and reminiscent of Franck. This work is perhaps the most impressive work on the disc and its obscurity is inexplicable.

'Stephen Coombs savours the more exotic keyboard writing with confidence and a sure sense of style, contributing appropriately dazzling and light-fingered virtuosity when required' (International Record Review)

'This is the greatest thing since ice cream! ... Coombs and conductor Ronald Corp catch the concerto's sly leg-pull and puff the airy graciousness suffusing these youthful pieces with soufflé-like savoir faire' (Fanfare, USA)

'Every track on this disc is an absolute winner. Stephen Coombs revels in the myriad of notes that tear around the keyboard in such light-hearted mood, the pro-active orchestral partnership captured in a superb recording' (The Yorkshire Post - The Guide)



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Works Details

>Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937) : Concerto for Piano in C minor, Op. 12
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (05/16/2002-05/17/2002)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1887

>Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937) : Poème symphonique for Piano and Orchestra in D minor, Op. 37
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (05/16/2002-05/17/2002)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937) : Fantaisie-Ballet, for piano & orchestra in B flat major, Op. 6
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (05/16/2002-05/17/2002)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937) : Scherzo-caprice for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 25
  • Performer: Stephen Coombs (Piano)
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (05/16/2002-05/17/2002)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic