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Complete Recordings Of Grieg, Saint Saens, And Pugno

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Release Date: 05/12/2006 
Label:  Marston   Catalog #: 52054  
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsVariousEdvard GriegJules Massenet,   ... 
Performer:  Edvard GriegCamille Saint-SaënsGabriel WillaumeMeyriane Héglon,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I suspect this release is a dream come true for avid collectors of piano rarities. Although the complete flat disc recordings with Grieg, Saint-Saëns, and Debussy at the piano are not new to CD, Ward Marston's newly minted transfers unveil levels of tone color, presence, and definition that far surpass previous reissues. The same goes for the complete surviving recordings by noted French pianists Louis Diémer and Raoul Pugno, along with a unique test pressing that features Jules Massenet accompanying soprano Georgette Leblanc.

Those familiar with the Grieg, Debussy, Diémer, and Pugno sides are all too aware of the source material's pitch fluctuations causing an irritating vibrato-like "wow", as if
Read more the pianists had been recorded underwater. Thanks to a software program developed by Dimitri Antsos, the problem is at long last eliminated and the recordings sound better than ever. Consequently, we can experience Pugno's unusually slow, hypnotically sustained tempo for the Chopin F-sharp Nocturne Op. 15 No. 2 without getting seasick; and we can better ascertain Debussy's limpid tone as he accompanies Mary Garden in three of his Ariettes Oublées and Mes longs cheveux descendent from Pelléas et Mélisande Act 3.

Listeners who think of Grieg's Lyric Pieces as lightweight fluff tinted in delicate pastels will be surprised, even startled by the composer's intensity, nervous energy, and headlong tempos. As for the Saint-Saëns and Diémer recordings, see my previous comments. Ward Marston and his colleagues deserve big bravos and heartfelt thanks for the care, intelligence, and expertise with which they present these important recorded documents to the public.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano in E minor, Op. 7: 3rd movement, Alla Menuetto by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Edvard Grieg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865/1887; Norway 
Date of Recording: 5/2/1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
2.
Humoresques (4) for Piano, Op. 6: no 2, Tempo di Menuetto by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Edvard Grieg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Norway 
Date of Recording: 5/2/1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
3.
Pictures (3) from life in the country, Op. 19: no 2, The bridal procession passes by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Edvard Grieg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 5/2/1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
4.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 1, Butterfly by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Edvard Grieg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Date of Recording: 5/2/1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
5.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 6, In Springtime by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Edvard Grieg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Date of Recording: 5/2/1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
6.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 2, Norwegian March by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Edvard Grieg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Date of Recording: 5/2/1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
7.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65: no 6, Wedding day at Trolhaugen by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Edvard Grieg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Norway 
Date of Recording: 5/2/1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
8.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71: no 7, Remembrances by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Edvard Grieg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Date of Recording: 5/2/1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
9.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22: Excerpt(s) by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Camille Saint-Saëns (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
Date of Recording: 6/26/1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
10.
Rhapsodie d'Auvergne for Piano and Orchestra in C major, Op. 73 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Camille Saint-Saëns (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 
Date of Recording: 6/26/1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
11.
Africa, Op. 89 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Camille Saint-Saëns (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; France 
Date of Recording: 6/26/1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is an improvised cadenza on "Africa." 
12.
Valse mignonne in E flat major, Op. 104 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Camille Saint-Saëns (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
Date of Recording: 6/26/1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
13.
Valse nonchalante in D flat major, Op. 110 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Camille Saint-Saëns (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Date of Recording: 6/26/1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
14.
Mazurka for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 21 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Camille Saint-Saëns (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
Date of Recording: 11/24/1919 
Venue:  Paris, France 
15.
Suite algérienne in C major, Op. 60: 3rd movement, Rêverie du soir by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Camille Saint-Saëns (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
Date of Recording: 11/24/1919 
Venue:  Paris, France 
16.
Marche Militaire Française by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Camille Saint-Saëns (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
Date of Recording: 11/24/1919 
Venue:  Paris, France 
17.
Valse mignonne in E flat major, Op. 104 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Camille Saint-Saëns (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
Date of Recording: 11/24/1919 
Venue:  Paris, France 
18.
Le déluge, Op. 45: Prelude by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gabriel Willaume (Violin), Camille Saint-Saëns (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Date of Recording: 11/26/1920 
Venue:  Paris, France 
19.
Elegie for Violin and Piano, Op. 143 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gabriel Willaume (Violin), Camille Saint-Saëns (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; France 
Date of Recording: 11/26/1920 
Venue:  Paris, France 
20.
Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Camille Saint-Saëns (Piano), Gabriel Willaume (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 11/26/1920 
Venue:  Paris, France 
21.
Ascanio: La, la, la, la (Scozzone's Aria) by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Camille Saint-Saëns (Piano), Meyriane Héglon (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; France 
Date of Recording: 6/26/1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
22.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Printemps, qui commence by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Meyriane Héglon (Mezzo Soprano), Camille Saint-Saëns (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 6/26/1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
23.
Rêverie by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Meyriane Héglon (Mezzo Soprano), Camille Saint-Saëns (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; France 
Date of Recording: 6/26/1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
24.
Mélodies persanes (6), Op. 26: no 3, La solitaire by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Meyriane Héglon (Mezzo Soprano), Camille Saint-Saëns (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; France 
Date of Recording: 6/26/1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
25.
Sapho: Pendant un au je fus ta femme by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Georgette Leblanc (Soprano), Jules Massenet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1909; France 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
26.
Pelléas et Mélisande: Mes longs chevaux by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Mary Garden (Soprano), Claude Debussy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893-1902; France 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
27.
Ariettes oubliées: no 2, Il pleure dans mon coeur by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Mary Garden (Soprano), Claude Debussy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1885-1888; France 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
28.
Ariettes oubliées: no 3, L'ombre des arbres by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Mary Garden (Soprano), Claude Debussy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1885; France 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
29.
Ariettes oubliées: no 5, Green by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Mary Garden (Soprano), Claude Debussy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
30.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 495/L 426 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Raoul Pugno (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
31.
Rondo brillante for Piano in E flat major, J 252/Op. 62 "La gaité" by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Raoul Pugno (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
32.
Fantasies or Caprices (3) for Piano, Op. 16: no 2 in E minor, Scherzo by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Raoul Pugno (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
33.
Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 3, Molto allegro in A major "Hunting Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Raoul Pugno (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
34.
Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 4, Presto in C major "Spinning Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Raoul Pugno (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
35.
Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Raoul Pugno (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
36.
Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Raoul Pugno (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
37.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Raoul Pugno (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
38.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 1 in A flat major, B 94 "Valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Raoul Pugno (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
39.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March": 3rd movement, Marche funébre by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Raoul Pugno (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
40.
Valse lente by Raoul Pugno
Performer:  Raoul Pugno (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
41.
Sérénade à la lune by Raoul Pugno
Performer:  Raoul Pugno (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1903 
Venue:  Paris, France 
42.
Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 4, Presto in C major "Spinning Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Louis Diémer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
43.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Louis Diémer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
44.
Valse chromatique by Benjamin Godard
Performer:  Louis Diémer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
45.
Grand valse de concert for Piano in D flat major, Op. 37 by Louis Diémer
Performer:  Louis Diémer (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
46.
Chant du nautonier, Op. 12: Caprice de concert in D major by Louis Diémer
Performer:  Louis Diémer (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Venue:  Paris, France 
47.
Grand valse de concert for Piano in D flat major, Op. 37 by Louis Diémer
Performer:  Louis Diémer (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1906 
Venue:  Paris, France 
48.
Chant du nautonier, Op. 12: Caprice de concert in D major by Louis Diémer
Performer:  Louis Diémer (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1906 
Venue:  Paris, France 

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