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Vierne: The Complete Chamber Music

Release Date: 01/24/2006 
Label:  Timpani   Catalog #: 2098   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Louis Vierne
Performer:  Alexis GalpérineFrançois KerdoncuffYvan ChiffoleauOlivier Gardon,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phillips String Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These entrancing discs are packed with treasures written by a talented late-Romantic composer with the passion and tragic sensibility of a Rachmaninov.

Why has a talented late-Romantic composer, with the passion and tragic sensibility of a Rachmaninov, come to be remembered almost exclusively for his weekend job at the organ of Notre-Dame? The fifth release in the Timpani label’s marvellous survey of Vierne’s music, these two entrancing discs are packed with treasures. The intense ardour of the sonatas for violin and cello, written for Ysaÿe and Casals respectively, should win many converts to Vierne’s cause. If the style here hovers between Franck, Elgar and Rachmaninov, there are signs of Debussy’s influence in
Read more the much later cello collection Soirs étrangers.

The youthful string quartet is remarkable in the composer’s output for its easy-going nature; a charming work, but not matching the profundity of later offerings, even with the impressive advocacy of the Quatuor Phillips. The minor works are little gems as well, especially the two viola pieces, but it is the Piano Quintet that makes this set indispensable. Written after the death of Vierne’s son, the raw emotions attest to the composer’s desire to ‘bury him in a roar of thunder and not in the plaintive bleating of a resigned, complacent sheep’. Emotion and technique combine to stunning effect, especially when allied, as in the other works, to first-rate performances and sound. Strongly recommended.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 23 by Louis Vierne
Performer:  Alexis Galpérine (Violin), François Kerdoncuff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; France 
Sonata for Cello and Piano in B minor, Op. 27 by Louis Vierne
Performer:  Yvan Chiffoleau (Cello), Olivier Gardon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; France 
Soirs étrangers, Op. 56 by Louis Vierne
Performer:  Olivier Gardon (Piano), Yvan Chiffoleau (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1928; France 
Quintet for Piano and Strings in C minor, Op. 42 by Louis Vierne
Performer:  François Kerdoncuff (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phillips String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Switzerland 
Rhapsody for Harp by Louis Vierne
Performer:  Pascale Zanlonghi (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Pièces (2) for Viola and Piano by Louis Vierne
Performer:  Odile Carracilly (Viola), François Kerdoncuff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Largo and Canzonetta for Oboe and Piano by Louis Vierne
Performer:  Olivier Gardon (Piano), Christian Moreaux (Oboe)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Suite for Viola and Piano by Louis Vierne
Performer:  Odile Carracilly (Viola), Olivier Gardon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Quartet for Strings, Op. 12 by Louis Vierne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phillips String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata, Op. 23: I. Allegro
Violin Sonata, Op. 23: II. Andante
Violin Sonata, Op. 23: III. Intermezzo: Quasi vivace
Violin Sonata, Op. 23: IV. Largamente: Allegro agitato
Rhapsodie, Op. 25
Piano Quintet, Op. 42: I. Poco lento: Moderato
Piano Quintet, Op. 42: II. Larghetto sostenuto
Piano Quintet, Op. 42: III. Maestoso: Allegro risoluto
2 Pieces, Op. 5: No. 1. Le Soir
2 Pieces, Op. 5: No. 2. Legende
Cello Sonata in B flat minor, Op. 27: I. Poco lento - Allegro moderato
Cello Sonata in B flat minor, Op. 27: II. Molto largamente
Cello Sonata in B flat minor, Op. 27: III. Risoluto - Allegro molto
Largo et canzonetta, Op. 6: Largo
Largo et canzonetta, Op. 6: Canzonetta
Soirs etrangers, Op. 56: I. Grenade
Soirs etrangers, Op. 56: II. Sur le Leman
Soirs etrangers, Op. 56: III. Venise
Soirs etrangers, Op. 56: IV. Steppe canadien
Soirs etrangers, Op. 56: V. Poisson chinois
String Quartet, Op. 12: I. Lento: Allegro agitato
String Quartet, Op. 12: II. Intermezzo: Leggiero non troppo vivo
String Quartet, Op. 12: III. Andante quasi adagio
String Quartet, Op. 12: IV. Allegro vivace

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