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Camille Pleyel: Klavierwerke

Pleyel / Dimitrieva
Release Date: 07/12/2011 
Label:  Gramola   Catalog #: 98884   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Camille Pleyel
Performer:  Masha Dimitrieva
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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PLEYEL Le Matelot. Un Troubadour Béarnais. Nocturne à la Field. Rossini Variations. Rondo. Mélange. Theme des Airs Polonais Masha Dimitrieva (pn) GRAMOLA 98884 (59:40)


Camille Pleyel is best known in musical history as the man who made Chopin’s piano. He was also a fine composer, and this trove of music adds evidence to the supposition that the two men had something of a symbiotic relationship. Chopin was close to the Pleyel family, and had some of his early triumphs at the firm’s Read more recital hall in Paris, Salle Pleyel. He dedicated his preludes, as well as other works, to Camille Pleyel. Camille did not charge Chopin for his piano, but expected the composer to recommend it to his students, an easy task, as he loved his instrument.


This music is hardly revelatory, and completely of its time, namely, the first quarter of the 19th century. At first, I assumed that Pleyel must have been influenced by Chopin, because of familiar melodic constructions and modulations. But it is probably just as likely, given that some of this music was written before Chopin arrived in Paris, that the two composers shared influences, including the music of Mozart and the bel canto opera composers, and of course in the case of the Nocturne, music of the same name by John Field. It is all extremely charming, very nicely written, and as light as a feather. The Russian-born Masha Dimitrieva, playing an actual Pleyel instrument (replete with quick action and woody tone), carries it off with tremendous flair and dexterity. Nothing earth-shattering here, but a rewarding glimpse of some important pianistic history.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Le Matelot, caprice for piano in G major, Op. 38 by Camille Pleyel
Performer:  Masha Dimitrieva (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1824 
Venue:  Pleyel-Museum, Ruppersthal, Lower Austri 
Length: 8 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2.
Un Troubadour Béarnis, variations for piano in G minor, Op. 1 by Camille Pleyel
Performer:  Masha Dimitrieva (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816 
Venue:  Pleyel-Museum, Ruppersthal, Lower Austri 
Length: 0 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3.
Nocturne alla field, for piano in B flat major, Op. 52 by Camille Pleyel
Performer:  Masha Dimitrieva (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Venue:  Pleyel-Museum, Ruppersthal, Lower Austri 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
4.
Blanding af Arier uddragene af Rossini's Operaer No. 2, for piano in G major by Camille Pleyel
Performer:  Masha Dimitrieva (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Venue:  Pleyel-Museum, Ruppersthal, Lower Austri 
Length: 9 Minutes 50 Secs. 
5.
Rondeau for piano in C minor, Op. 2 by Camille Pleyel
Performer:  Masha Dimitrieva (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817 
Venue:  Pleyel-Museum, Ruppersthal, Lower Austri 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
6.
Mélange sur des motifs du "Maçon", for piano in E flat major, Op. 46 by Camille Pleyel
Performer:  Masha Dimitrieva (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825 
Venue:  Pleyel-Museum, Ruppersthal, Lower Austri 
Length: 7 Minutes 48 Secs. 
7.
Thème des Airs Polonais, for piano in A minor, Op. 3 by Camille Pleyel
Performer:  Masha Dimitrieva (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817 
Venue:  Pleyel-Museum, Ruppersthal, Lower Austri 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Le Matelot in G major, Op. 38
Un Troubadour Bearnais in G minor, Op. 1: I. Introduction
Un Troubadour Bearnais in G minor, Op. 1: II. Variations 1-9
Nocturne a la Field in B major, Op. 52
Blanding af Arier uddgragen af Rossinis Operaer No. 2 in G major
Rondeau precede d'une Introduction in C minor, Op. 2: I. Introduzione quasi fantasia
Rondeau precede d'une Introduction in C minor, Op. 2: II. Rondo
Melange sur des motifs du Macon in E flat major, Op. 46
Theme des Airs Polonais in A minor, Op. 3: I. Fantasie
Theme des Airs Polonais in A minor, Op. 3: II. Polonaise avec Thema, Variaziones

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