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Tansman: Piano Music / Eliane Reyes

Tansman / Reyes,Eliane
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573021  
Composer:  Alexandre Tansman
Performer:  Eliane Reyes
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Now that Alexandre Tansman’s orchestral works have received substantial attention on CD, it’s good to see his inventive and idiomatic piano music get its due, thanks in part to Belgian pianist Eliane Reyes’ passionate advocacy. She follows up her outstanding 2010 Naxos world-premiere recordings of the 24 Intermezzi and Petit Suite with four groups of small pieces and the three large-scale Ballades from 1941.

The Suite dans le style ancien updates baroque dance forms in spiffy neo-classical dress characterized by accessible tunes and tart harmonies that take root in Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Poulenc yet sound refreshingly original. Among the six 1930 Arabesques, a Mazurka in homage to Chopin begins with some deliberately
Read more “wrong note” melodic trickery, and eventually gives way to more than a few chords lifted (consciously or not) from the Gershwin songbook. The Fanfare’s orchestrally evocative rumbles put both pianist and the instrument’s bass register in peril, while the concluding Danza is a cross-rhythmic finger-twisting tour-de-force.

The lyrical purity and introspection of Bach’s chorale preludes provides the basis for the Eight Cantilenas, although the fifth movement titled “Invention” owes more to Debussy than to any Bach teaching piece. Each of the Ballades deserves a solid place in the central repertoire. They abound with stark declamatory gestures, brooding lyrical paragraphs, and sardonic music hall pastiches.

The bright and closely detailed sonics serve Tansman’s gnarly yet lean keyboard sonorities well, to say nothing of Reyes’ appropriately steel-edged, brilliantly articulated fingerwork. Let’s hope that this second of Reyes’ two Tansman releases signifies a long overdue cycle devoted to the composer’s complete solo piano output.

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

1.
Suite dans le style ancien by Alexandre Tansman
Performer:  Eliane Reyes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929 
2.
Ballade for Piano no 1 by Alexandre Tansman
Performer:  Eliane Reyes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941 
3.
Ballade for Piano no 2 by Alexandre Tansman
Performer:  Eliane Reyes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941 
4.
Ballade for Piano no 3 by Alexandre Tansman
Performer:  Eliane Reyes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941 
5.
Arabesques (6) for Piano by Alexandre Tansman
Performer:  Eliane Reyes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930 
6.
Impressions (5) for Piano by Alexandre Tansman
Performer:  Eliane Reyes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934 
7.
Cantilenes (8) "Homage to J.S. Bach" by Alexandre Tansman
Performer:  Eliane Reyes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949 

Sound Samples

Suite dans le style ancien: I. Entree
Suite dans le style ancien: II. Sarabande
Suite dans le style ancien: III. Gavotte
Suite dans le style ancien: IV. Choral fugue
Suite dans le style ancien: V. Aria
Suite dans le style ancien: VI. Toccata
Ballade No. 1
Ballade No. 2
Ballade No. 3
Arabesques: No. 1. Intermezzo
Arabesques: No. 2. Mazurka (Hommage a Chopin)
Arabesques: No. 3. Nocturne
Arabesques: No. 4. Fanfare
Arabesques: No. 5. Berceuse
Arabesques: No. 6. Danza
5 Impressions: No. 1. Calme
5 Impressions: No. 2. Burlesque
5 Impressions: No. 3. Triste
5 Impressions: No. 4. Anime
5 Impressions: No. 5. Nocturne
8 Cantilenes, "Homage to J.S. Bach": No. 1. Prelude
8 Cantilenes, "Homage to J.S. Bach": No. 2. Arioso
8 Cantilenes, "Homage to J.S. Bach": No. 3. Interlude
8 Cantilenes, "Homage to J.S. Bach": No. 4. Choral I
8 Cantilenes, "Homage to J.S. Bach": No. 5. Invention
8 Cantilenes, "Homage to J.S. Bach": No. 6. Choral II
8 Cantilenes, "Homage to J.S. Bach": No. 7. Fuga
8 Cantilenes, "Homage to J.S. Bach": No. 8. Postlude

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