Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Franck: Symphonic Variations & Piano Pieces

“The Prélude, Choral et Fugue has long been among the keyboard repertoire’s toughest challenges, and here its sturdy counterpoint, elaborate flourishes, ripe textures and serpentine harmonies are conveyed with impressive panache and interpretative seriousness by the young French pianist Bertrand Chamayou.” --The Telegraph, 21st May 2010 *****

“This is an outstanding release in every way. In fact, I cannot recall another that included all Franck's masterpieces for the piano on a single disc and in which, moreover, every performance goes straight to the top of recommended recordings.” --Gramophone Magazine, September 2010

“This is an intriguing collection of César Franck's five works involving a solo piano...[Chamayou] demonstrates that both the solo-piano Prélude, Aria et Final and Les Djinns, a compact symphonic poem for piano and orchestra based upon a Victor Hugo poem, deserve to be heard far more frequently.” The Guardian, 6th May 2010 **

MP3 320 · 162 MB

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