Annotation

Fresh from her distinguished three-disc survey of Couperin, Angela Hewitt turns her attention to the piano music of Emmanuel Chabrier. An important influence for subsequent generations of French composers—most notably Ravel, who acknowledged his debt to the older composer—Chabrier’s music was appreciated more by his fellow artists than by the public. His best works—notwithstanding the popularity of his evergreen orchestral rhapsody España—deserve to be better known.

Chabrier was a sensitive soul, prone to weep on hearing a single chord of Wagner, yet he cultivated a gaiety and sense of joy that is clearly heard in his music. As one biographer wrote: “With Chabrier, burlesque went hand in hand with the sentimental; the picturesque was allied to the emotional.” Chabrier’s passion for painting was unmatched by any other composer, and he was friends with important artists of the day, including Manet, Monet, Sisley, Cézanne and Renoir. He had many of their paintings on his walls, and Manet’s celebrated A Bar at the Folies-Bergère—reproduced on the front cover of this recording—hung above his piano.

Chabrier’s most important works are for the piano. The ten contrasting and evocative Pièces pittoresques form the centrepiece of this recording, and were described by Poulenc as being “as important for French music as the preludes of Debussy”. The remaining works are charming and varied character pieces. All are played with style and affection by Angela Hewitt, who with her renowned warmth and communicative flair makes a very special case for this music.

Recording details: June 2004
Das Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy
Produced by Ludger Böckenhoff
Engineered by Ludger Böckenhoff
Release date: February 2006
Total duration: 75 minutes 54 seconds

Annotation last modified on 2015-01-03 23:46 .

Tracklist

Hybrid SACD 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Impromptu
Emmanuel Chabrier 7:11
2 Ronde champêtre
Emmanuel Chabrier 3:55
3 Dix pièces pittoresques: Paysage. Allegro non troppo, avec calme
Emmanuel Chabrier 5:49
4 Dix pièces pittoresques: Mélancolie. Ben moderato (senza rigore e sempre tempo rubato)
Emmanuel Chabrier 2:39
5 Dix pièces pittoresques: Tourbillon. Allegro con fuoco
Emmanuel Chabrier 1:31
6 Dix pièces pittoresques: Sous-bois. Andantino
Emmanuel Chabrier 4:30
7 Dix pièces pittoresques: Mauresque. Moderato
Emmanuel Chabrier 3:21
8 Dix pièces pittoresques: Idylle. Allegretto (avec fraîcheur et naiveté)
Emmanuel Chabrier 3:51
9 Dix pièces pittoresques: Danse villageoise. Allegro risoluto
Emmanuel Chabrier 4:36
10 Dix pièces pittoresques: Improvisation. Andantino (fantasque et très passionné)
Emmanuel Chabrier 5:20
11 Dix pièces pittoresques: Menuet pompeux. Allegro franco
Emmanuel Chabrier 6:10
12 Dix pièces pittoresques: Scherzo-valse. Vivo
Emmanuel Chabrier 4:33
13 Aubade
Emmanuel Chabrier 4:45
14 Ballabile
Emmanuel Chabrier 1:33
15 Caprice
Emmanuel Chabrier 2:44
16 Feuillet d’album
Emmanuel Chabrier 2:13
17 Habanera
Emmanuel Chabrier 4:35
18 Bourrée fantasque
Emmanuel Chabrier 6:38

Credits

Hybrid SACD 1

piano:
Angela Hewitt (Canadian classical pianist) (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (tracks 1–18)
composer:
Emmanuel Chabrier (track 2)
Emmanuel Chabrier (1873) (track 1)
Emmanuel Chabrier (1880) (tracks 3–12)
Emmanuel Chabrier (1883) (track 13)
Emmanuel Chabrier (1885) (track 17)
Emmanuel Chabrier (1889) (tracks 14–15)
Emmanuel Chabrier (1890) (track 16)
Emmanuel Chabrier (1891) (track 18)
recorded at:
Culture Centre Grand Hotel of Dobbiaco in Toblach, Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (tracks 1–18)
arrangements:
Bourrée fantasque (catch-all for arrangements) (track 18)
later versions:
orchestrations:
Bourrée fantasque (orchestration by Felix Mottl) (track 18)
Habanera (for orchestra) (track 17)
Menuet pompeux (orchestrated by Ravel) (track 11)
part of:
Cinq pièces pour piano (tracks 2, 13–16)
Pièces Pittoresques (tracks 3–12)
recording of:
Bourrée fantasque (original piano version) (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 18)
Cinq pièces pour piano : I. Aubade (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 13)
Cinq pièces pour piano : II. Ballabile (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 14)
Cinq pièces pour piano : III. Caprice (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 15)
Cinq pièces pour piano : IV. Feuillet d'album (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 16)
Cinq pièces pour piano : V. Ronde champêtre (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 2)
Habañera (for piano) (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 17)
Impromptu en ut majeur (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 1)
Pièce Pittoresque No. 10: Scherzo-Valse (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 12)
Pièce Pittoresque No. 1: Paysage (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 3)
Pièce Pittoresque No. 2: Mélancolie (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 4)
Pièce Pittoresque No. 3: Tourbillon (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 5)
Pièce Pittoresque No. 4: Sous-bois (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 6)
Pièce Pittoresque No. 5: Mauresque (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 7)
Pièce Pittoresque No. 6: Idylle (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 8)
Pièce Pittoresque No. 7: Danse villageoise (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 9)
Pièce Pittoresque No. 8: Improvisation (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 10)
Pièce Pittoresque No. 9: Menuet pompeux (2004-06-19 – 2004-06-22) (track 11)