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Rhene-Baton: Chamber Music for Piano & Strings / Basanisi, Micucci, Mansueto

Release Date: 07/05/2019 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95554  
Composer:  Rhené-Baton
Performer:  Francesco BasanisiLeonardo MicucciRoberto Mansueto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wolferl Trio
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although now largely forgotten, Rhene-Emmanuel Bâton (1879-1940) was a key figure in Parisian musical circles during the early 1900s. Rhene-Baton, as he was later known, was born in Normandy to a Breton family. but trained at the Paris Conservatoire to become a composer, pianist and conductor. A meeting with Serge Diaghilev led to the engagement to conduct the Ballets russes on tour, and as a conductor he was the subject dedicatee of several works such as Roussel’s Second Symphony. Meanwhile Rhene-Baton continued to compose, and it was through his own music that he felt most free to express his Breton identity. Almost all the chamber music presented here dates from the years 1921-27. Both the Cello Sonata and Violin Sonata call for Read more piano playing of great virtuosity, probably because Rhene-Baton intended those parts for himself, while the melody line unfolds in a mode of archaic, neoclassical lyricism. The peak of his achievement in the chamber-music genre, however, is the A minor Piano Trio, composed in 1923. The second movement is a ‘Divertissement sur un vieil air Breton’ – the ‘vieil air’ in question being Gwin ar c’hallaoued’ (the wine of Gall), one of the best-known Breton tunes. The Suite Ancienne (1933) is different in character: a collection of dances like a Baroque suite (Prelude, Aria, Gavotte, Gigue). The more intimate mood of this chamber repertoire evokes a series of everyday musical scenes: interiors, winter hearths, summer festivities and ancient celebrations in which Rhene-Baton is both narrator and participant. Founded in 2009, the Wolferl Trio comprises three Italian musicians all with distinguished careers as performers and teachers in their own right. Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Violin No. 1, Op. 24 by Rhené-Baton
Performer:  Francesco Basanisi (Piano), Leonardo Micucci (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; France 
Sonata for Violin No. 2, Op. 46: I. Allegro comodo by Rhené-Baton
Performer:  Francesco Basanisi (Piano), Leonardo Micucci (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
Suite Ancienne for Violin & Piano, Op. 55 by Rhené-Baton
Performer:  Francesco Basanisi (Piano), Leonardo Micucci (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; France 
Sonata for Cello, Op. 28 by Rhené-Baton
Performer:  Francesco Basanisi (Piano), Roberto Mansueto (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
Trio for Piano & Strings, Op. 31 by Rhené-Baton
Performer:  Francesco Basanisi (Piano), Leonardo Micucci (Violin), Roberto Mansueto (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wolferl Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 

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