Les sons et les parfums is a newly-recorded personal anthology of 20th century French music, curated and performed by pianist Janina Fialkowska. This affectionate musical memoir evokes a vibrant portrait of Paris during Fialkowska’s youth, when “Poulenc and Tailleferre were still very much alive, and the souls of Ravel, Debussy, and Fauré were still omnipresent.” “This recording is pure nostalgia for me not only for those long ago studies immersed in the ‘French School’ but for the evocative nature of the music. Each composer is unique and quite different one from another and yet all of them magically conjure up a vivid picture of a Paris that has all but disappeared and which I was fortunate enough to experience in my youth,” saysRead more Fialkowska.
I found this CD made a perfect introduction to French piano music. Most of these pieces are old favourites for me. However, I was delighted to make a discovery in Germaine Tailleferre’s lovely ‘Impromptu’. I enjoyed Janina Fialkowska’s inspired playing in all these pieces. She brings huge resources of talent, technique and interpretation to this recital.