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Piano Music By Emmanuel Chabrier / Angela Hewitt


Release Date: 03/14/2006 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67515   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Angela Hewitt
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Emmanuel Chabrier's piano music has everything going for it: charm, wit, imagination, unexpected harmonic twists, and more than a few technical challenges. So why do pianists habitually ignore it? Hopefully Angela Hewitt's freshly minted, sharply honed interpretations will inspire recitalists to dust off these unsung treasures. Her keen ear for detail always arises from the music's character and never draws attention to itself. The Schumann-esque Ronde champêtre boasts remarkable rhythmic spring, while Bourrée fantasque's busy contrapuntal lines resonate with the clarity of Hewitt's best Bach playing, yet without sacrificing one iota of scintillation. There have been lighter, crisper renditions of the (relatively) well-known Scherzo-valse, Read more but Hewitt's telling left-hand inflections keep things airborne. In fact, the nine other Pièces pittoresques benefit from Hewitt's ability to give each one its own timbral voice. On paper, for example, Mauresque's steady accompanimental chords don't look like anything special. However, in Hewitt's hands they come to animated life. The recording quality is slightly too resonant for my taste--perhaps a more lustrous SACD transfer looms on the horizon, and more French music from Angela Hewitt.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Impromptu for Piano in C major by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1873; France 
2.
Pièces posthumes (5) for Piano by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
3.
Pièces pittoresques (10) for Piano by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1881; France 
4.
Aubade for Piano by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
5.
Habañera by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
6.
Bourrée fantasque by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 

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