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French Album / Jose Federico Osorio

Chabrier / Osorio
Release Date: 08/14/2020 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 197  
Composer:  Gabriel FauréClaude DebussyJean-Philippe RameauEmmanuel Chabrier,   ... 
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Distinguished international pianist Jorge Federico Osorio brings his flair for French music to works of the Baroque, Romantic, and early 20th century eras by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Emmanuel Chabrier, Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, and Maurice Ravel. Fittingly, Osorio opens The French Album with Fauré’s exquisite Pavane and concludes with the ever-popular Pavane pour une enfante défunte by Fauré’s student, Ravel. The Mexican-born, European-trained pianist offers eight of Debussy’s pictorial Préludes, each with its unique sound world, including the mystical La Cathédrale engloutie, one of the most stunning pieces ever composed for piano. Another audience favorite is Debussy’s evocative Claire de lune Read more from his Suite bergamasque. Providing contrast, Rameau’s whimsical Les Tricotets conjures the back-and-forth motion of knitting needles. A set of Spanish-flavored works include Chabrier’s Cuban-inspired Habanera; Debussy’s lively La Puerta del Vino, depicting sailors carousing and enjoying their wine, and La soirée dans Grenade, where the piano imitates the sound of a guitar; and Ravel’s Alborado del gracioso, brimming with Iberian rhythms.

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REVIEW:

What appears to be a hodgepodge of French pieces actually emerges as a carefully crafted program. Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio begins with Fauré’s famous Pavane, where his elegant phrasing and fluid “walking” tempo assiduously segue into a well-contrasted Debussy group. He brings a strong rhythmic profile and dry-point clarity to works dominated by rapid passagework such as Les collines d’Anacapri, Ce qu’a vu le vent d’Ouest, and Feux d’artifice, as well as Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso.

While Osorio certainly embraces the sensual undercurrents in Clair de lune, Voiles, Feuilles mortes, and La cathédrale engloutie, the climaxes have plenty of backbone. The pianist similarly integrates curvaceous lilt and unsentimental grit in Chabrier’s Habanera and Debussy’s habanera-like La Puerta del Vino and La soirée dans Grenade. Three selections from Rameau’s G major Suite stand out for Osorio’s care over ornaments, although his slightly heavy way with the final selection, Ravel’s Pavane, misses the animation and flexibility of the old Gieseking and Casadesus recordings. All told, an enjoyable and well-put-together recital.

– ClassicsToday (Jed Distler) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Notes: version for Piano 
2.
Préludes, Book 1: no 5, Les collines d'Anacapri by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
3.
Préludes, Book 2: no 7, La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
4.
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
5.
Préludes, Book 1: no 7, Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
6.
Préludes, Book 1: no 2, Voiles by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
7.
Préludes, Book 1: no 10, La cathédrale engloutie by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
8.
Préludes, Book 2: no 12, Feux d'artifice by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
9.
Préludes, Book 2: no 2, Feuilles mortes by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
10.
Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin: Suite in G minor: Les tricotets rondeau by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; France 
11.
Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin: Suite in G minor: Menuets 1 & 2 by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; France 
12.
Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin: Suite in G minor: L'egiptienne by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; France 
13.
Habañera by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Notes: version for Piano 
14.
Préludes, Book 2: no 3, La puerta del vino by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
15.
Estampes (3) for Piano: no 2, La soirée dans Grenade by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
16.
Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
17.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Osorio Rules September 24, 2020 By Ira C. (Wyncote, PA) See All My Reviews "From Debussy to Ravel, this is a wonderful album featuring French music played masterfully on the piano by someone I had never heard before: Jorge Federico Osorio but will look for his nam from now on. In a similar vein, some of the short pieces by Debussy also were unknown to me but definitely worth getting to know. The two pieces by Ravel are the best on the CD - Alborada del gracioso and Pavane pour une infante défunte. My final thought: Try this album. You’ll like it!" Report Abuse
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