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Severac: En Vacances, Baigneuses Au Soleil / Jordi Maso

Severac / Jordi Maso
Release Date: 03/27/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572428   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Déodat de Sévérac
Performer:  Jordi Masó
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



SÉVÉRAC Baigneuses au soleil. Les Naïdes et le faune indiscret. Sous les lauriers roses. En Vacances Jordi Masó (pn) NAXOS 8572428 (60:42)


The music of Déodat de Sévérac (1872–1921) is not as well known as that of his teachers d’Indy and Albéniz, or his fellow-student at the Schola Cantorum Albert Roussel. This CD hopes to change that. Unfortunately, being familiar with it does not convince one of the composer’s greatness. He was certainly a fine Read more constructionist, able to put bright, cheerful little pieces together, but that is all these works really are, lightweight and well crafted. It’s the kind of music one probably heard in Paris salons during the belle époque, but it lacks the repeated appeal of similar music by Hahn, Debussy, Chabrier, or even Satie. The best pieces on the CD are the last two sections of En Vacances, “La Vasque aux Colombes” and “Les Deux Mousquetaires,” which have a fugal structure similar to Baroque music.


Which is not to say that it is bad music, and although Jordi Masó’s performances are a little mechanical, even emotionally cool, they are good enough to make one realize that Sévérac was probably the Sunday brunch composer of his time. It has more craft to it than most pieces we hear nowadays in such a venue, but since it all rides on the surface emotionally it seldom rises above that level. Pianist Billy Eidi has also recorded Baigneuses au soleil and Les Naïdes et le faune on Timpani 1080, but I haven’t heard that disc. If this is the kind of music you like, however, you will certainly enjoy this CD.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1. Sous les lauriers roses by Déodat de Sévérac
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
2. Les naďades et le faune indiscret by Déodat de Sévérac
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
3. En vacances by Déodat de Sévérac
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
4. Baigneuses au soleil by Déodat de Sévérac
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 

Sound Samples

Baigneuses au soleil, "Souvenir de Banyuls-sur-mer"
Les naiades et le faune indiscret
Sous les lauriers roses, "Soir de carnaval sur la cote catalane"
En Vacances, Vol. 1: Invocation a Schumann
En Vacances, Vol. 1: Au Chateau et dans le Parc: I. Les caresses de Grand'-Maman
En Vacances, Vol. 1: Au Chateau et dans le Parc: II. Les petites voisines en visite
En Vacances, Vol. 1: Au Chateau et dans le Parc: III. Toto deguise en Suisse d'eglise
En Vacances, Vol. 1: Au Chateau et dans le Parc: IV. Mimi se deguise en Marquise
En Vacances, Vol. 1: Au Chateau et dans le Parc: V. Ronde dans le parc
En Vacances, Vol. 1: Au Chateau et dans le Parc: VI. Ou l'on entend une vieille boite a musique
En Vacances, Vol. 1: Au Chateau et dans le Parc: VII. Valse romantique
En Vacances, Vol. 2: I. La Fontaine de Chopin
En Vacances, Vol. 2: II. La Vasque aux Colombes
En Vacances, Vol. 2: III. Les Deux Mousquetaires

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