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Musique Francaise - Debussy, Ravel, Faure, Milhaud / Volondat, Eynden

Release Date: 06/24/2008 
Label:  Pavane   Catalog #: 7522   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claude DebussyMaurice RavelGabriel FauréDarius Milhaud
Performer:  Jean-Claude Vanden EyndenPierre-Alain Volondat
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

FRENCH MUSIC FOR TWO PIANOS FOUR HANDS Pierre-Alain Volondat (pn); Jean-Claude Vandan Eyndem (pn) PAVANE 7522 (68: 06)

DEBUSSY En blanc et noir. RAVEL Rhapsodie espagnole. La valse. FAURÉ Dolly. MILHAUD Scaramouche

This is a bare bones production with no Read more English notes (this Belgian label uses French and Flemish), but the familiar program is delightful, the performances are excellent, and the sound is ideal. This team plays with an ebullient sense of color and verve, and is familiar enough with each other as to render the lurching rhythms of La valse and Scaramouche with remarkable precision. Phrasing and tonal shading are lovely as well, especially suitable to the works of Debussy and Fauré. The engineers do a good job of getting the feel for two separate instruments without making it sound as if they are in different rooms. Pavane CDs are usually on the budget end of the price scale, so if you happen to see this sitting around in a music store (if there are any left where you are) and you like this repertoire, snap it up without hesitation.

FANFARE: Peter Burwasser
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Works on This Recording

En blanc et noir by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden (Piano), Pierre-Alain Volondat (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Pierre-Alain Volondat (Piano), Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 
Dolly, Op. 56 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Pierre-Alain Volondat (Piano), Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1897; France 
Scaramouche, Op. 165b by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Pierre-Alain Volondat (Piano), Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 

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