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Piano Music by Emmanuel Chabrier / Angela Hewitt

Album Summary

>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Impromptu, for piano in C major
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Pièces posthumes (5), for piano
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Pièces pittoresques (10), for piano
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Habañera, for piano (or orchestra)
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Bourrée fantasque, for piano (also for orchestra)
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Notes & Reviews:

"This release is a revelation, given the quality and sophistication of the music and the piano writing. One can hear the elements of the past, textures similar to those found in Chopin's and Schumann's piano music, and one little gem, 'Idylle', that had a profound influence on Francis Poulenc (1899-1963). The astute listener will hear sonorities and piano figuration found in Debussy's more neoclassical textures (say, 'Children's Corner' or 'La boite a Joujoux')... Hewitt has a lovely melodic sense, and a sensitivity to mood, where she keeps the many lines distinct and well layered... This is no small part owing to the spirited and sensitive playing of Hewitt whose release is far superior to the eccentric playing of Georges Rabol (Naxos 553009, M/J 1995). For those who love the subtlety and refinement of late romantic French keyboard music, this release holds many delightful surprises." -American Record Guide

'Pianists have missed some treats by neglecting Chabrier's piano music. Angela Hewitt plays this refreshing selection with the same poetry, elegance and dancing touch that made her other French discs for Hyperion so special. The ten Pièces pittoresques take pride of place: dominated by sunshine, delightfully frisky rhythms and an early French Impressionist haze. Fed up of grey skies? Buy this disc and it's already spring' (The Times)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Chabrier's name lives on primarily through España and Marche joyeuse. His tiny output for piano is far too rarely encountered in the concert hall or on recordings, yet he is a delightful, self-contained original. From his total of a mere 26 titles, Angela Hewitt plays 18 on this little gem of a disc. It sounds as though the piano was recorded in some deserted fin de siècle spa hotel - and so it proves, for Hewitt's richly coloured Fazioli was captured in 'Das Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy'.

In fact, whenever there is an exposed soft passage in the upper treble in this programme, the same atmospheric effect engages the ear momentarily; in the more robust items, it is hardly noticeable. As to Hewitt's performances, they are as affectionate, warm, lyrical and charming as one could wish, underlining but not exaggerating Chabrier's deliciously predictable unpredictability.

BBC Music Magazine
The over-modestly titled Pièces pittoresques are really his Preludes, ten varied sound poems which search the soul and come up with not angst nor rage, but a unique combination of joy, vulnerability, and an excitable nature that verges on impatience. Hewitt... is at her best here, teasing out the yearning harmonies and shy cadences with a persuasive rubato.

Gramophone Magazine
Hewitt's performances... are as affectionate, warm, lyrical and charming as one could wish, underlining but not exaggerating Chabrier's deliciously predictable unpredictability.



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>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Impromptu, for piano in C major
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (06/19/2004-06/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Pièces posthumes (5), for piano
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (06/19/2004-06/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Pièces pittoresques (10), for piano
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (06/19/2004-06/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Pièces posthumes (5), for piano
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (06/19/2004-06/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Habañera, for piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (06/19/2004-06/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Bourrée fantasque, for piano (also for orchestra)
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (06/19/2004-06/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891