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Pierne: Piano Concerto, Ramuntcho Suites, Marche Des Petits Soldats / Mena, Bavouzet, BBC Philharmonic

Pierne / Bbc Philharmonic / Bavouzet
Release Date: 01/25/2011 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10633  
Composer:  Gabriel Pierné
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This one's a keeper. Gabriel Pierné was the French Mahler, not stylistically perhaps, but in terms of his skill set. A superb conductor, he applied his podium experience to his compositions, writing immaculately finished, brilliantly scored pieces in a wide range of styles. Aesthetically he couldn't be further from his Czech/German/Jewish colleague, but the comparison is apt nonetheless. Like Mahler's, Pierné's idiom is hard to categorize in its inclusivity.

The Piano Concerto is a diverting romp in the spirit of Saint-Saëns' Second (it has no slow movement at all). The Divertissement is charm incarnate. The Ramuntcho suites incorporate Basque themes and stand in a
Read more long and illustrious line of French tributes to Spain. They are wholly wonderful. The March of the Little Lead Soldiers needs no introduction, and is not to be confused with Pierné's other "greatest hit", the March of the Super Cute Little Mythological Faun Critters from the ballet Cydalise et le chèvre-pied.

These performances are stunning. There is a similar coupling of Ramuntcho and the concerto on BIS, and it's very good. But Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is an unbeatable soloist, and the orchestral playing under Mena is irreproachable. Toss in the two couplings (the Divertissement is actually quite substantial), plus terrific sonics, and the result is simply irresistible. You'll love this music.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in C minor, Op. 12 by Gabriel Pierné
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
2.
Ramuntcho Suite no 1 by Gabriel Pierné
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; France 
3.
Ramuntcho Suite no 2 by Gabriel Pierné
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; France 
4.
Divertissements sur un thème pastoral, Op. 49 by Gabriel Pierné
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1932; France 
5.
Album pour mes petits amis, Op. 14: no 6, Marche des petits soldats de plomb by Gabriel Pierné
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 

Featured Sound Samples

Album pour mes petits amis: No 6: Marche des petits soldats de plomb
Piano Concerto: II. Scherzando
Ramuntcho Suite no 1: I. Overture

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Pierne/Chandos/ArkivMusic WINNER March 10, 2012 By C. LaVelle-Pahl (Dalton, GA) See All My Reviews "Another Arkive WINNER recommendation again! This exquisite composition, with its flawless musical judgment and execution, is being played over and over and over again and still constantly eliciting broad smiles, rhythmic toe-tapping, hand-conducting behavior. Over and over. As your recommendation promised, no one puts a foot wrong here on any count. I've always enjoyed Pierne yet somehow missed out on having a recording of his music. A mistake on my part, obviously, and one I have been only too happy to remedy. So glad you had this CD! Thanks, everyone, for another charming WINNER! C. LaVelle-Pahl An ex-Ohioan musician/artist in Georgia 03/10/2012" Report Abuse
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