Gabriel Pierné


Born: August 16, 1863; Metz, France   Died: July 17, 1937; Ploujean, France  
Gabriel Pierné has been called the most complete French musician of the late Romantic/early twentieth century era. In his own music Pierné blended a seriousness of purpose (acquired in part through his studies with Cesar Franck) with a lighter, more popular flavor reminiscent of Jules Massenet (with whom Pierné also studied); his dedication to the music of his contemporary French composers earned him a reputation as a conductor of deep integrity. Read more

Pierné was born in 1863 in the town of Metz. He displayed great musical promise as a child, and by 1871 he had entered the Paris Conservatoire to study composition with Massenet and organ with Franck (Franck's organ class, however, often focusing more on composing than on playing). At age 11 Pierné earned a medal for his solfège skills, and he later went on to win top prizes in organ, composition, and piano, as well as (in 1882) the coveted Prix de Rome (for the cantata Edith).

In 1890 Pierné succeeded his teacher, Franck, as organist at St. Clotilde cathedral, a distinct honor for a young man of 27. In the late 1890s he abandoned his career as an organist and in 1903 made his debut as assistant conductor of the Concerts Colonne (of which he served as principal conductor from 1910 to 1934, devoting a great deal of rehearsal time to the preparation of new works). In addition to his activities on the podium, Pierné served on the administration of the Paris Conservatoire and composed for the Ballet Russes (three successful ballets produced between 1923 and 1934). In the years prior to his death in 1937 he was elected to the Académie des Beaux Arts and made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.

Pierné's output as a composer, while by no means as vast as some of his Parisian colleagues (one thinks in particular of Saint-Saëns), includes entries in most of the standard genres; in typically French style, he avoided symphonic form in favor of orchestral poems and character pieces. While Pierné's large-scale works, such as the 1897 oratorio L'an mil and the opera Vendée from the same year, showcase a solid grasp of musical architecture, the smaller chamber works (sonatas for both violin and cello and a String Quintet, among other pieces), are more indicative of his exceptional facility. Read less
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    Bassoon Fagott Bassoon!, Vol. 2 / Donnewegl, Buhl
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 91729 Release Date: 02/16/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  André Jolivet,  Gabriel Fauré,  Marcel Bitsch  ... 
    Performer:  Hanno Donneweg
    Conductor:  Gregor Buhl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Great Book of Flute Sonatas, Vol. 3: French Music / Ittzes, Nagy
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 32775 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Devienne,  Philippe Gaubert,  Jules Mouquet,  Gabriel Pierné  ... 
    Performer:  Gergely Ittzés,  Alex Szilasi
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    Flux: Original Works for Saxophone Quartet / Ferio Saxophone Quartet
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10987 Release Date: 07/21/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Singelée,  Gabriel Pierné,  Eugène Bozza,  Guillermo Lago  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferio Saxophone Quartet
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    Andre Cluytens: The Complete Orchestral & Concerto Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 562261 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Raoul Laparra,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Monique de la Bruchollerie,  Marcelle Meyer,  Zino Francescatti,  Jeanne-Marie Darré  ... 
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire,  Le Grand Orchestre Symphonique Columbia,  Orchestre du Theatre National de l'Opera-Comique  ... 
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    In the Age of Ravel / Wilson, Dumont
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6344 Release Date: 06/02/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Fauré,  Gabriel Pierné,  Albert Roussel
    Performer:  Ransom Wilson,  Francois Dumont
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  • 6.
    French Saxophone Quartets / Kenari Quartet
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573549 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Max Dubois,  Gabriel Pierné,  Jean Françaix,  Alfred Desenclos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kenari Quartet
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    Paris / Altmann, Okamoto
    Label: Eigenart   Catalog: 052 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Ernest Chausson,  Gabriel Pierné,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Performer:  Dirk Altmann,  Mako Okamoto,  Anne-Maria Holscher,  Gesa Jenne-Dönneweg
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    Romantic Piano Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95300 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Johann Baptist Cramer,  Carl Czerny,  Ferdinand Ries,  Muzio Clementi  ... 
    Performer:  Akiko Sagara,  Michael Ponti,  Maria Littauer,  Felicja Blumental  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Cao,  Paul Angerer,  Alois Springer,  Alberto Zedda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Southwest German Chamber Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Voyage au pays du tendre et de l'effroi / Oxalys
    Label: Passacaille   Catalog: 1017 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  André Caplet,  Frank Martin,  Gabriel Pierné  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxalys
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  • 10.
    Pierne: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10871 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné
    Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
    Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Late Years - Erato and HMV Recordings, 1968-75 / Martinon
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552547 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Albert Roussel,  Aram Khachaturian,  Gabriel Pierné,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Lily Laskine,  Marie-Claire Alain,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Martinon
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    Jean-Pierre Rampal: The Complete Erato Recordings, Vol. 3 1970-1982
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552118 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Johann Melchoir Molter,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Aram Khachaturian,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Pierre Barbizet,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix,  Marie-Claire Alain  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  Claudio Scimone,  Jean Martinon,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Trio Pasquier,  Les Solistes De Liège
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  • 13.
    Belle Epoque / Emmanuel Ceysson
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5419 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Théodore Dubois,  Gabriel Pierné,  Henriette Renié,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Emmanuel Ceysson
    Conductor:  Samuel Jean
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Régional Avignon Provence
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  • 14.
    Nos Cheres Escales: Music For Oboe & Organ
    Label: Bnl Productions   Catalog: 112975 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Noyon,  Théodore Dubois,  Charles Koechlin,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Performer:  Antoine Sebillotte,  Jean-Paul Imbert
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    La Clarinette Francaise / Shklyaver, Immerseel
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 358 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  André Bloch  ... 
    Performer:  Jos van Immerseel,  Lisa Shklyaver
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  • 16.
    Pierne, Vierne: Piano Quintets
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22384 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné,  Louis Vierne
    Performer:  Stéphane Lemelin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arthur Leblanc String Quartet
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    Vocalise - Music For Bassoon And Piano /  Data, Barbareschi
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95009 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Alessandro Longo,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Massimo Data,  Piero Barbareschi
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    European Light Music Classics / Corp, New London Orchestra
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55477 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leon Jessel,  Franz Lehár,  Gabriel Pierné,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Ronald Corp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra
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    Dances for Piano & Orchestra / Fan, Northwest Sinfonietta
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 134 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné,  Ricardo Castro Herrera,  Frédéric Chopin,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Joel Fan
    Conductor:  Christophe Chagnard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northwest Sinfonietta
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    Pierne: Piano Quintet; Vierne: String Quartet / Lane, Goldner String Quartet
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68036 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné,  Louis Vierne
    Performer:  Piers Lane
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Goldner String Quartet
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  • 21.
    Le Cavalier Bleu
    Label: Anima Records (Classical)   Catalog: 13070001 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Walter Gieseking,  Gabriel Pierné,  Darius Milhaud,  Otar Vasil'yevich Taktaki
    Performer:  Mihi Kim,  Bertrand Giraud
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  • 22.
    Saxofolk / Berlage Saxophone Quartet
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9031834 Release Date: 03/04/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Modest Mussorgsky,  György Ligeti,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlage Saxophone Quartet
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  • 23.
    The Virtuoso Clarinet, Vol 2 / Collins
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10804 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Leonard Bernstein,  Darius Milhaud  ... 
    Performer:  Michael McHale,  Michael Collins
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  • 24.
    Bolero - Works By Ravel, Pierne, Escaich, Francaix / Ellipsos Quartet
    Label: Genuin Classics   Catalog: 14543 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Pierné,  Thierry Escaich,  Jean Françaix
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ellipsos Quartet
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  • 25.
    13 Valses / Aldo Ciccolini
    Label: La Dolce Volta   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Pierné,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini
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