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Bizet: Jeux D'enfants; Fauré, Ravel / Katia Labeque, Et Al

Release Date: 05/15/2008 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 420159   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georges BizetGabriel FauréMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Katia LabèqueMarielle Labèque
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

It would be hard to imagine performances of more freshness, exuberance and charm than these.

It would be hard to conceive of a more delightful and homogeneous collection of music for young people than the three sets of French works for piano duet recorded here by Katia and Marielle Labeque: Bizet's Jeux d'enfants of 1871, Faure's Dolly of 1893-6, written for Helene, the daughter of Emma Bardac (who was later to become Debussy's second wife), and Ravel's Ma mere l'oye of 1908, written for Mimie and Jean, the children of his friends Ida and Cipa Godebsky, in whose house the musical clique known as the 'Apaches' used to meet. The only thing missing is Debussy's Children's Corner, written for his daughter 'Chouchou' in
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It would be equally hard to imagine performances of more freshness, exuberance and charm than those given by the Labeque sisters. They capture the different moods of the 12 short movements of Jeux d'enfants to absolute perfection, whether in the swing of ''La toupie'', the gentle tenderness of ''La poupee'' and ''Petit mari, petite femme'', the galloping vigour of ''Les chevaux de bois'', the parade-ground pomp of ''Trompette et tambour'', or the sheer bravura of ''Sautemouton'' (listen to those dazzling triplets!). Dolly, too, is played with great affection and feeling, although the music itself is less sharply characterized than is Bizet's; while Ma mere l'oye is done with such an ear for colour that one can almost hear the clarinet and the contrabassoon singing their amorous diaglogue in ''Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bete''; and the glittering scales at the end of ''Le jardin feerique'' literally take one's breath away. This is, in every way, a superb recital, vividly recorded.

-- Robin Golding, Gramophone [11/1987]
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Works on This Recording

Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22 by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; France 
Dolly, Op. 56 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1897; France 
Ma mère l'oye: Suite by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; France 

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