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Charles Koechlin: Piano Music Vol 1 / Michael Korstick

Release Date: 11/11/2008 
Label:  Swr Music   Catalog #: 93220   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Michael Korstick
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

KOECHLIN Andante quasi adagio (“Au loin”). 4 Sonatines , op. 87. L’Album de Lilian: 1er Recueil , op. 139; 2me Recueil , op. 149. Paysages et marines , op. 63 Michael Korstick (pn) Read more HÄNSSLER 93.220 (76:27)

If this doesn’t make believers of the curious or wavering, nothing will. This generous and representative program is cunningly composed, so to speak, putting Koechlin’s most smilingly accessible face—the four op. 87 Sonatines and the Albums de Lilian —Janus-like fore and aft, flanking the dozen Paysages et marines , whose landscapes and seascapes are esoteric inscapes registering the experience of a personality dominated by a strong psychic component whose evocations seem to range from the tenuous to the nebulous, until they settle on the avid ear and the receptive mind to reveal a delicate and telling poetry.

The aura of revelation owes largely to the divinations of Michael Korstick, who brings an effortless poise, point, and certainty where other, notably sympathetic, performers—Mireille Guillaume in the sonatinas and Deborah Richards in Paysages et marines (cpo 999 054-2, Fanfare 16:3)—loom, in comparison, as tentative and searching. Korstick recently gave us one of the very few recorded performances of the Liszt Sonata since the turn of the century to, so to speak, make it new and viable to jaded ears (cpo 777 478-2, Fanfare 33:5). The hyper-virtuosic technique at work there underwrites these accounts, though the difficulties posed by Koechlin’s keyboard writing are not of the usual virtuosic sort. Korstick has them all easily in hand, graced with delicate flourishes of color and an intuitive sense of Koechlin’s dawning luminosité lending the sonatinas a radiant playfulness and suffusing the little pieces composed for silent-screen actress Lilian Harvey with glowing charm. There is, by the way, more to the Albums de Lilian than these piano pieces—both collections, including the songs and chamber pieces, were given exemplary performances by flutist Fenwick Smith and colleagues in a currently out-of-print but indispensable issue (Hyperion CDA 66414, Fanfare 14:3) written into the Hall of Fame in Fanfare 15:3. In the upshot, some of Koechlin’s most beguiling work has, at long last, received the loving attention of a major artist—and forth the particulars of rapture come! Korstick’s piano is captured with an intimate, detailed, but never overbearing presence. Not merely enthusiastically recommended but urged upon you.

FANFARE: Adrian Corleonis
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Works on This Recording

Au Loin, Op. 20 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896-1900; France 
Sonatinas (4) for Piano, Op. 87 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1924; France 
Paysages et marines for Piano, Op. 63 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1916; France 
Premier album de Lilian, Op. 139 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
Second album de Lillian, Op. 149 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Michael Korstick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; France 

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