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S'il Vous Plait / Mie Miki


Release Date: 03/29/2011 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1804   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Louis-Claude DaquinJean-Philippe RameauDomenico ScarlattiGeorge Frideric Handel,   ... 
Performer:  Mie Miki
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Magnificent musicality … unique sonorities … beautifully passionate.

This is the second solo CD released on BIS by Japanese accordionist Mie Miki, and the first for ten years. Even more so than the first, this disc is a showcase for Miki's amazing talent. Who the composers are almost ceases to matter, because Miki in most cases shapes their music - already transcribed and chopped into three minute chunks - into something else, from another time and place, with her fantastically versatile instrument and flawless technique.

The four Baroque works on this disc, for example - by Daquin, Rameau, Domenico Scarlatti and Handel - are all magically transformed into beautiful pieces of folk music by the
Read more accordion: the first three from some romantic corner of eastern Europe, the Handel from somewhere in rural England. On the other hand, Michal Oginski's Polonaise, subtitled 'Farewell to the Fatherland', is a genuine, and attractive, example of folk music made into art.

Only Schubert, in the two Moments Musicals just about retains his personality - perhaps because of the folksong-like nature of many of his lieder. Brahms's Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen, from his 11 Choral Preludes for organ, sounds if anything even more beautiful on the accordion, reminiscent almost of a nostalgic campfire tune played by a homesick musical cowboy on a mouth organ!

Miki's enchanted fingers even have the ability to transform sows' ears into silk purses. For example, Michel Legrand's rather clichéd film music, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, is turned into a work of surprising pathos. On the other hand, Philip Glass's totally insipid Modern Love Waltz is beyond even her.

This CD is subtitled 'Virtuosic Miniatures', but though all the pieces are diminutive, they are not always strictly virtuosic. But the variations in Handel's The Harmonious Blacksmith certainly are, and Edward Confrey's fleeting Dizzy Fingers lives up to its name. John Zorn's Road Runner, an original work for accordion, is outrageously virtuosic and also just plain outrageous - the piece sounds like someone trying to murder an accordion while it fights back by trying to belt out tunes suggested by passers-by. Miki has probably played it as an encore many a time.

The best music on the disc comes, hardly surprisingly, from Astor Piazzolla. Piazzolla's faults rarely lie in his compositional abilities, but rather in his taste as an arranger of his own music, as anyone familiar with his Nuevo Tango ensembles can testify. Here, with Miki's unerring musicianship behind him, the impassioned, melancholic nature of Piazzolla's imaginative writing is released from the shackles of gaudy arrangement. Chiquilín de Bachín is particularly haunting, and in La Bicicleta Blanca the story of a whole life is told in less than five minutes.

As usual with BIS, sound quality is outstanding in every respect. The CD booklet leaves rather more to be desired - no notes at all about the composers or arrangers (if mentioned at all), nor about the pieces Miki plays, not even about the transcriptions themselves, which most of the works clearly are. Yet absurdly, the sheet music publisher is often named - almost entirely irrelevant as far as arrangements are concerned.

Nevertheless, no one should let these shortcomings serve as an excuse for not luxuriating in Mie Miki's magnificent musicality and the unique sonorities of the beautifully passionate instrument at her command.

-- Byzantion, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Premier livre de pièces: Troisième Suite - Le coucou by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1735; France 
2.
Pièces de clavecin: no 7, Rigaudon no 1 in E minor by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724/1731; France 
3.
Pièces de clavecin: no 8, Rigaudon no 2 et double in E major by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724/1731; France 
4.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 11/L 352 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: Baroque 
5.
Suite for Harpsichord in E major, HWV 430: no 4, Air and Variations "The Harmonious Blacksmith" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
6.
Sérénade by Wolfgang Jacobi
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94: no 3 in F minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94: no 5 in F minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122: no 8, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Austria 
10.
Histoires: no 3, Les vieux mendiant by Jacques Ibert
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; France 
11.
Histoires: no 2, Le petit âne blanc by Jacques Ibert
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; France 
12.
Tango by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
13.
Modern Love Waltz by Philip Glass
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
14.
Miss Karting by André Astier
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
15.
Novelty Polka by André Astier
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
16.
Les parapluies de Cherbourg: Thème by Michel Legrand
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; France 
17.
S. V. P. by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
18.
La bicicleta bianca by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
19.
Chiquilín de Bachin by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
20.
Chau Paris by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
21.
Dizzy Fingers by Zez Confrey
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; USA 
22.
Road Runner by John Zorn
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; New York, USA 
23.
Polonaise in A minor by Michal Kazimierz Oginski
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
24.
Waltzes (4) for Flute, Clarinet and Piano, Op. 97c: Excerpt(s) by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Mie Miki (Accordion)
Period: Modern 

Sound Samples

Premier livre de pieces de clavecin, Suite No. 3 (arr. for accordion): Premier livre de pieces de clavecin, Suite No. 3: No. 15. Le Coucou (arr. for accordion)
Pieces de clavecin: Suite in E minor (arr. for accordion): Pieces de clavecin: Suite in E minor: VI. Rigaudons I-II (arr. for accordion)
Keyboard Sonata in C minor, K.11/L.352/P.67 (arr. for accordion)
Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430 (arr. for accordion): Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430: IV. Air and Variations, "Harmonious Blacksmith" (arr. for accordion)
Divertissement for Accordion: Serenade
6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780 (arr. for accordion): No. 3 in F minor: Allegro moderato
6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780 (arr. for accordion): No. 5 in F minor: Allegro vivace
11 Chorale Preludes, Op. 122 (arr. for accordion): 11 Chorale Preludes, Op. 122: No. 8. Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen (arr. for accordion)
Histoires (arr. for accordion): III. Le vieux mendiant
Histoires (arr. for accordion): II. Le petit ane blanc
Tango (arr. for accordion)
Modern Love Waltz (arr. for accordion)
Miss Karting
Novelty Polka
Les parapluies de Cherbourg (arr. for accordion)
S.V.P. (S'il vous plait)
Chiquilin de Bachin (arr. for accordion)
Chau Paris (arr. for accordion)
La bicicleta blanca (arr. for accordion)
Dizzy Fingers (arr. P. Deiro)
Road Runner
Polonaise No. 13 in A minor, "Farewell to the Fatherland" (arr. for accordion)
5 Pieces for 2 Violins and Piano (arr. for accordion): 5 Pieces for 2 Violins and Piano: No. 4. Waltz (arr. for accordion)

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