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Debussy: La Mer; Afternoon of a faun; Ravel: Ma Mere l'Oye; Saint-Saens: Scherzo / Pascal & Ami Rogé

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
>Debussy, Claude : Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra
>Ravel, Maurice : Ma mère l'oye
>Ravel, Maurice : Rapsodie espagnole
>Debussy, Claude : La mer
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Scherzo for 2 pianos, Op. 87
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Notes & Reviews:

For many years, Pascal Rogé has been considered one of the premier interpreters of French piano repertoire. His albums of Satie and Debussy are considered benchmark recordings. For this offering, Rogé is joined by his wife Ami in a program of French masterworks for orchestra by Debussy and Ravel in arrangements for two pianos. It features Ravel's 1908 transcription of Debussy's Fêtes, Rogé's own arrangement of La mer, Ravel's Rhapsodie espagnole and the joyful Scherzo by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Sunday Times, 9th June 2013
Here is quintessential Frenchness, beautifully realised, including a two-piano version of Debussy's symphonic sketches, La Mer, by the players themselves, and wonderfully convincing it is, leaving little sense of orchestral deprivation.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2013
The Rogés' arrangement of Debussy's La mer is so resouceful that you hardly regret the absence of orchestral colour and range...you could hardly better the Rogés' presentation, finely recorded by Onyx.

International Record Review, September 2013
Rewarding is the irresistible energy of 'Fetes' and Ravel's equivalent counterpart in the closing 'Feria'.

MusicWeb International, 27th September 2013
Ravel in Spanish mode works very well for the two-piano combination. The rhythms of Malagueña and Habañera are crisply articulated. Feria is a suitably joyful affair, the opening of which loses nothing from the absence of orchestral timbres...It is interesting to have the Debussy arrangements but I would happily have this CD on account of the Ravel pieces, not forgetting the Saint-Saëns.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle de musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (03/02/2011-03/06/2011).



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
  • Performers: Ami Rogé (Piano); Pascal Rogé (Piano)
  • Notes: Salle de musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (03/02/2011-03/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Debussy, Claude : Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra
  • Performers: Ami Rogé (Piano); Pascal Rogé (Piano)
  • Notes: Salle de musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (03/02/2011-03/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1887-1889

>Ravel, Maurice : Ma mère l'oye
  • Performers: Ami Rogé (Piano); Pascal Rogé (Piano)
  • Notes: Salle de musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (03/02/2011-03/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Ravel, Maurice : Rapsodie espagnole
  • Performers: Ami Rogé (Piano); Pascal Rogé (Piano)
  • Notes: Salle de musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (03/02/2011-03/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

>Debussy, Claude : La mer
  • Performers: Ami Rogé (Piano); Pascal Rogé (Piano)
  • Notes: Salle de musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (03/02/2011-03/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1905

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Scherzo for 2 pianos, Op. 87
  • Performers: Ami Rogé (Piano); Pascal Rogé (Piano)
  • Notes: Salle de musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (03/02/2011-03/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889