Les Introuvables D'Aldo Ciccolini

Release Date: 10/2/2009
Catalog Number: EMI 73595
Number of Discs: 4

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$41.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Although Aldo Ciccolini is best known by way of his acclaimed late-1960s Erik Satie cycle for EMI, his repertoire ranges far and wide, with pitstops a-plenty off the beaten path. EMI's "Les Introuvables d'Aldo Ciccolini" resuscitates some of the pianist's long-out-of-print recordings, which showcase his eclectic proclivities. Disc One commences with a charming Chabrier group. Under Ciccolini's nimble fingers the Bourrée fantasque sounds easier to play than it actually is, and he tears into Camille Chevillard's hefty "de-orchestration" of España like a hungry tiger. It's good to hear the familiar Scherzo-Valse in context with the nine Pièces pittoresques that proceed it. Filling out the disc are selections from Ciccolini's pioneering mono Satie disc. Good as the Gymnopédies and Gnossienes are, I prefer the pianist's slightly more refined stereo and digital remakes, but retain affection for his burly 3 Morceaux en forme de poire, for which Ciccolini plays duets with himself via overdubbing.

Ciccolini projects Grieg's early Sonata, a handful of Lyric Pieces, and the underrated G minor Ballade with a kind of dry-eyed demeanor and nervous energy that, coincidentally or not, mirrors Grieg's self-interpretations. On the other hand, Ciccolini's finicky, short-breathed phrasing throughout much of Schubert's sublime B-flat Sonata (D. 960, Op. Posthumous) undermines the music's visionary largesse and lyric beauty. There's nothing gingerly about the pianist's rabble-rousing fingerwork in a mesmerizing Scarlatti sonata group and selection from Rossini's way-undervalued Sins of my Old Age.

Hard core pianophiles might register disappointment that the final disc is given over to Debussy and Ravel chansons, however I'm more than impressed with Ciccolini's individual yet sympathetic accompanying prowess that provides a solid base for Janine Micheau's attractive, peppercorn soprano in a well-programmed Debussy group. And Jean-Christoph Benoit's light-timbred baritone is perfectly suited to Ravel's prismatic sound world, especially in the Histoires Naturelles. In the main, this collection has something for everyone, and its budget price won't break your bank. If it sells, perhaps EMI will be enticed to reissue Ciccolini's late-'70s Liszt recital, including stunning performances of the two St. François Legends. Or maybe they'll bundle the pianist's Debussy and Satie cycles into bargain boxes to ring in his 75th birthday year. Are you listening, EMI?

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
1. Gymnopédies (3) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 ; France
2. Gnossiennes (6) for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1890-1897 ; France
3. Morceaux en forme de poire: Excerpt(s) by Erik Satie
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1890/1903 ; France
4. Ballade for Piano in G minor, Op. 24 by Edvard Grieg
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875-1876 ; Norway
5. Lyric Pieces: Excerpt(s) by Edvard Grieg
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic
6. Sonata for Piano in E minor, Op. 7 by Edvard Grieg
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1865/1887 ; Norway
7. Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1828 ; Vienna, Austria
8. Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 406/L 5 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
9. Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 478/L 12 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
10. Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 492/L 14 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
11. Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
12. Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 87/L 33 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
13. Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 268/L 41 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
14. Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 64/L 58 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
15. Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 259/L 103 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
16. Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 159/L 104 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
17. Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 377/L 263 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
18. Sonata for Harpsichord in F minor, K 239/L 281 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
19. Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 432/L 288 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
20. Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 1/L 366 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1738 ;
21. Pantomime by Claude Debussy
Performer: Janine Micheau (Soprano), Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1882 ; France
22. Clair de lune by Claude Debussy
Performer: Janine Micheau (Soprano), Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1882 ; France
23. Pierrot by Claude Debussy
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano), Janine Micheau (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1881 ; France
24. Apparition by Claude Debussy
Performer: Janine Micheau (Soprano), Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1884 ; France
25. Mandoline by Claude Debussy
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano), Janine Micheau (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1882 ; France
26. Zéphyr (Triolet à Philis) by Claude Debussy
Performer: Janine Micheau (Soprano), Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1881 ; France
27. Mélodies (3) de Verlaine: no 3, L'échelonnement des haies by Claude Debussy
Performer: Janine Micheau (Soprano), Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1891 ; France
28. Deux romances: no 2, Les cloches by Claude Debussy
Performer: Janine Micheau (Soprano), Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1891 ; France
29. Paysage sentimental by Claude Debussy
Performer: Janine Micheau (Soprano), Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1883 ; France
30. Noël des enfants que n'ont plus de maison by Claude Debussy
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano), Janine Micheau (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915 ; France
31. Ariettes oubliées by Claude Debussy
Performer: Janine Micheau (Soprano), Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1885-1888 ; France
32. Histoires naturelles by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone), Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906 ; France
33. Sur l'herbe by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone), Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907 ; France
34. Épigrammes (2) de Clément Marot by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone), Aldo Ciccolini (Harpsichord)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1896-1899 ; France
35. Ronsard à son âme by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone), Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924/1935 ; France
36. Rêves by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone), Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1927 ; France
37. Noël des jouets by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone), Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
38. Pièces pittoresques (10) for Piano by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1881 ; France
39. Pièces posthumes (5) for Piano: no 4, Feuillet d'album by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1889 ; France
40. España by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883 ; France
41. Bourrée fantasque by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic
42. Les grands vents venus d'outre-mer by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano), Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907 ; France
43. Péchés de vieillesse: Excerpt(s) by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857-1868 ; Italy
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