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Satie & Compagnie / Anne Queffelec

Queffelec
Release Date: 03/12/2013 
Label:  Mirare   Catalog #: 189   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Erik SatieDéodat de SévéracFrancis PoulencClaude Debussy,   ... 
Performer:  Anne Queffélec
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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SATIE & COMPAGNIE Anne Queffélec (pn); Gaspard Dehaene (pn) MIRARE 189 (80:00)


Selections by: SATIE, SÉVERAC, POULENC, DEBUSSY, RAVEL, FERROUD, HAHN, DUPONT, KOECHLIN, SCHMITT


This is an interesting and varied collection of 29 pieces. On the one hand, we have the perennial favorites: several selections from Satie’s Gnossiennes and Read more style="font-style:italic">Gymnopédies , Debussy’s Clair de lune, Le Peit Nègre , and Rêverie , Poulenc’s Pastourelle , Ravel’s À la manière de Chabrier . On the other, there are lesser known works by these composers—Ravel’s Fanfare from L’Éventail de Jeanne , for instance—bits and pieces from composers who are regrettably not often heard today (Schmitt, Hahn, Koechlin, Séverac), and a couple from composers who have dropped almost entirely off the face of the earth (Ferroud, Dupont) unless you’re a collector. Despite a tendency to run towards the introspective side of the expressive range, this album is clearly designed to offer something that will appeal to anybody, as long as they have a basic interest in French piano music of the first quarter of the 20th century.


Queffélec brings a welcome logic, restraint, and transparency to such warhorses as Clair de lune . Color and balance take the place of the overwrought swells that muddy its depths. Equally impressive are her supple phrasing and ability to create a pearly tone at any level of touch. There’s plenty of definition but no hard edge to Ravel’s Fanfare, and a light, varied step to Satie’s Le Piccadilly despite its solid, rag-like chords.


She’s also willing to take a chance. This À la manière de Chabrier is done seriously, delicately, with concentration on color, and none on the contrast between Gounod’s theme and the Chabrier-like treatment Ravel delivers. It works, though I admit I prefer a more expansive interpretation. Queffélec also furnishes a breathtakingly slow, occasionally halting version of Hahn’s Frontispice that never quite loses its momentum, and again summons up a broad palette of colors in a very restricted range.


The beauty of tone, musical intelligence and imagination displayed on this disc are self-recommending. Factor in excellent sound (solidly balanced both for solo piano, and in the three four-hand works in which Queffélec is joined by Gaspard Dehaene), and you have an entry for my 2013 Want List.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1.
Le Piccadilly by Erik Satie
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1904; France 
2.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
3.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 1 by Erik Satie
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
4.
En vacances: no 7, Ou l'on entend une vielle boite á musique by Déodat de Sévérac
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
5.
L'éventail de Jeanne: Pastourelle by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
6.
Rêverie by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
7.
L'éventail de Jeanne: Fanfare by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
8.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 3, Lent et grave by Erik Satie
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
9.
Au parc monceau: Nonchalante by Pierre-Octave Ferroud
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
10.
La belle excentrique: Valse du mystérieux baiser dans l'oeil by Erik Satie
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1902-1920; France 
11.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 2, Lent et triste by Erik Satie
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
12.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 4, Lent by Erik Satie
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1891; France 
13.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 3, Lent by Erik Satie
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
14.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 2, Avec étonnement by Erik Satie
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
15.
Embryons desséchés: no 1, d'Holothurie by Erik Satie
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
16.
Le rossignol éperdu: Le banc songeur by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
17.
A la manière de Chabrier by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
18.
Le petit nègre by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
19.
Frontispice by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
20.
Les heures dolentes: no 5, Aprés-midi de dimanche by Gabriel Edouard Dupont
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
21.
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
22.
Morceaux en forme de poire: Prolongation du même by Erik Satie
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1903; France 
23.
Morceaux en forme de poire: Manière de commencement by Erik Satie
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1903; France 
24.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 6, Avec conviction et avec une tristesse rigoureuse by Erik Satie
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890-1897; France 
25.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 5, Modéré by Erik Satie
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1889; France 
26.
Paysages et marines for Piano, Op. 63: Le chant des pêcheurs by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
27.
Hivernale by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
28.
Musiques intimes, Op. 29: Glas by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)

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