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Pierné: Piano Concerto; Divertissments sur un Thème Pastoral; Suites form 'Ramuntcho'

Audio Samples

>Pierné, Gabriel : March of the Little Lead Soldiers, for orchestra/piano, Op. 14/6
>Pierné, Gabriel : Concerto for Piano in C minor, Op. 12
>Pierné, Gabriel : Divertissements sur un theme pastoral, for orchestra, Op. 49
>Pierné, Gabriel : Ramuntcho, incidental music
>     Suite No 1
>     Suite No 2

Album Summary

>Pierné, Gabriel : March of the Little Lead Soldiers, for orchestra/piano, Op. 14/6
>Pierné, Gabriel : Concerto for Piano in C minor, Op. 12
>Pierné, Gabriel : Divertissements sur un theme pastoral, for orchestra, Op. 49
>Pierné, Gabriel : Ramuntcho, incidental music
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Notes & Reviews:

This is Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's third recording as a concerto soloist for Chandos, following this year's highly acclaimed accounts of the piano concertos by Bartók and Ravel. Whilst no longer a household name, Pierné was in his day a highly respected and very active composer and conductor, as well as a key figure in the French musical establishment. The composer's most famous work may well be the Marche des petits soldats de plomb (March of the Little Lead Soldiers) which enjoyed a great vogue up until recent years. This recording reveals its catchy charms to a new generation. Bavouzet is accompanied by Juanjo Mena - Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic beginning September, 2011.

"This attractive disc would make an ideal introduction to the charms of Pierné's music...The revelatory heart, though, is the music from Ramuntcho...Inspired by the Basque setting, there is plenty of colour and vigour." -BBC Music Magazine

"Pierne's Piano Concerto is... irresistible in its charm, sweep and heroic gestures... Bavouzet plays with undisguised bravura and charm... Aiding the performers, the BBC Phil and Juanjo Mena a partnership to watch it seems, co-producers Brian Pidgeon and Mike George, together with Steven Rinker’s dynamic and gorgeous sound, have come up with a 2011 Winner long before such Awards have been nominated, let alone chosen. There’s enough Pierné, including some more piano-and-orchestra pieces, for a second volume. Hopefully." -The Classical Source

"The early Piano Concerto from 1887 and the two suites taken from the incidental music to a stage version of Pierre Loti's Basque-country novel Ramuntcho are the main works here - the concerto a curiously bombastic mix of Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky, the ingratiating incidental music full of local colour."-The Guardian

"[Bavouzet] relishes the concerto's theatrics and has both the digital dexterity and the power to bring them off." -International Record Review

"[Mena] gives life to the Basque colouring of the Ramuntcho suites and to the deft orchestration of the Divertissements by Gabriel Pierné...Bavouzet plays [the Piano Concerto] with a nice blend of bravura, finesse and rumbustious charm." -The Telegraph

***"[Bavouzet] plays with an enthralling virtuosity...he makes it difficult to imagine a more bright-eyed and eloquent soloist, and his partners work with him hand-in-glove. For all those who delight in a wholly French grace and magic, this disc is a winner, and it is superbly recorded." -Gramophone Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England.



Reviews

Pierne orchestral music
Apart from his ballet "Cydalise et le Chevre-Pied" (Cydalise and Goat-Foot), Gabriel Pierne has been largely neglected compared with other Romantic-era French composers, such as Debussy, Faure, and Ravel. Those who are courageous to explore his music will surely find rare gems that are unworthy of neglect. This CD contains Pierne's incidental music for a production of Pierre Loti's 1897 novel "Ramuntcho"; the music depicts beautifully the French Basque scenery and way of life. Happily, incidental music to stage plays has a knack of surviving although the plays themselves disappear; Grieg's "Peer Gynt" and Bizet's "L'Arlesienne" are two examples. Similarly, the music to "Ramuntcho" certainly deserves to be heard, for it is delightful. Pierne's Piano Concerto is one of literally dozens of Romantic-era piano concertos that are too-often sadly neglected or - worse - totally ignored. Happily, however, several versions of this piano concerto are now available. If you don't have a version, this one is brilliantly performed and splendidly recorded, and the rest of the CD - the "March of the Little Lead Soldiers" and two "Ramuntcho" suites - is just as enjoyable. The "Divertissement sur un theme pastoral" title is given incorrectly as "Divertissements sur un theme pastoral," but this hardly detracts from the music's charm. If you don't know the music of Pierne, I encourage you to try it! Ted Wilks
Submitted on 02/07/11 by Ted Wilks 
Brilliant Mixture of Fast Paced Movement and Beautfiul Lullabyes
This is a fantastic work that includes some wonderfully fast paced and up tempo pieces that can then transcend into a beautiful lullabye. There are even some movements that have a tinge of a devious plot being afoot. I enjoyed the roller coaster ride of emotions that was precisely performed by the orchestra. Such a warm assembly of instruments as well.
Submitted on 03/14/11 by SRA 
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Works Details

>Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937) : March of the Little Lead Soldiers, for orchestra/piano, Op. 14/6
  • Conductor: Juanjo Mena
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1887

>Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937) : Concerto for Piano in C minor, Op. 12
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Juanjo Mena
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/08/2010-01/09/2010); Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (12/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1887

>Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937) : Divertissements sur un thème pastoral, for orchestra, Op. 49
  • Conductor: Juanjo Mena
  • Running Time: 11 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937) : Ramuntcho, incidental music :: Suite No 1
  • Conductor: Juanjo Mena
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/08/2010-01/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Gabriel Pierné (1863 - 1937) : Ramuntcho, incidental music :: Suite No 2
  • Conductor: Juanjo Mena
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (01/08/2010-01/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883