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The Early Years - Maurice Gendron


Release Date: 12/1994 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 438960   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachLudwig van BeethovenFrédéric ChopinClaude Debussy,   ... 
Performer:  Peter GallionMaurice GendronJean Françaix
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This affectionate tribute to the splendid artistry of Maurice Gendron offers gems from the Philips back-catalogue which no cello devotee can afford to miss.

This affectionate tribute to the splendid artistry of the ‘other’ great French cellist of the century, Maurice Gendron, offers gems from the Philips back-catalogue which no cello devotee can afford to miss. Gendron’s impeccable Schubert and Beethoven performances originally appeared in 1967, and have represented a benchmark of quality ever since. His reading of the Debussy Sonata, recorded in 1964 alongside works by Fauré, Françaix and Messiaen fills the second CD, the third offering a generous selection of shorter recital and encore pieces. Gendron’s
Read more courteous, refined and scrupulous playing is heard in digitally revitalised sound; a reissue of rare significance.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Michael Jameson, BBC Music Magazine

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The performances of the Variations by Maurice Gendron and Jean Francaix have an engagingly light touch...

-- The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs
reviewing the Beethoven variations, previously reissued as part of Philips 442565

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Gendron and Francaix show how inflection, nuance, tonal variety and cogency bring rewards far outstripping the mere superficialities of the moment. There is such expressive propriety to their playing. In the pizzicato episode of the Serenade’s opening everything is at the service of the music and the gradations of tone in the subsequent development are of sovereign subtlety. And such wit – real wit, not supposed Gallic "wit" – in the slides and phrase endings, such triumphant understanding of the work’s architecture and meaning, such involved nonchalance. In the finale their sense of anticipation and release is second to none. There is never any vulgar overemphasis in tempo relation. Gendron’s tone colours here are infinitely attractive and subtle and the whole performance a triumph of selfless musicality.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
reviewing the Debussy Cello Sonata, reissued as part of Eloquence 468306 Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Orgelbüchlein: Ich ruf'zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Gallion (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1713-1717; Weimar, Germany 
2. Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in G major on a theme by Handel, WoO 45 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurice Gendron (Cello), Jean Françaix (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
3. Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurice Gendron (Cello), Jean Françaix (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
4. Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in F major on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen", Op. 66 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurice Gendron (Cello), Jean Françaix (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
5. Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurice Gendron (Cello), Peter Gallion (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
6. Sonata for Cello and Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Maurice Gendron (Cello), Jean Françaix (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
7. Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187: no 7 in G flat major by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Peter Gallion (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Bohemia 
8. La vida breve: Spanish Dance no 1 by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Peter Gallion (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Spain 
9. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 117 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jean Françaix (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
10. Moto perpetuo by Wilhelm Karl Fitzenhagen
Performer:  Peter Gallion (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
11. Berceuse for Cello and Piano/Orchestra by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Jean Françaix (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
12. Mouvement perpetuel by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Jean Françaix (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; France 
13. Nocturne by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Jean Françaix (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; France 
14. Rondino staccato for Cello and Piano/Orchestra by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Jean Françaix (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
15. Sérénade comique for Cello and Piano/Orchestra in E flat major by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Jean Françaix (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
16. Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 5, Andaluza by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Peter Gallion (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
17. Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Peter Gallion (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
18. Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Peter Gallion (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
19. Quatuor pour la fin du temps: 5th movement, Louange à l'Eternité de Jésus by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Jean Françaix (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Silesia, Poland 
20. Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 45: no 2, Guitarre by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Peter Gallion (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
21. Introduction and Variations from Rossini's Mosè "Dal tuo stellato soglio" by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Peter Gallion (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1819 
22. Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 54: no 2, Serenade by David Popper
Performer:  Peter Gallion (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
23. Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Peter Gallion (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
24. Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Peter Gallion (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
25. Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maurice Gendron (Cello), Jean Françaix (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
26. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Peter Gallion (Piano), Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 

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