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Piano Rarities Vol. 2: Compositeurs Francais


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With his second Piano Rarities album, Cyprien Katsaris honors an outpost
of the French School little heeded on disc or in concert. This album offers up
the sarcastic humor of Jean Wiener, the finesse of Jean-Michel Damase, and
the charm of Jean-Jacques Laubry and René Berthelot. Placing these with
contemporary compositions by the likes of Stéphane Blet and young composer
Jacob Tardien, Katsaris demonstrates the enormous diversity of the current
musical language.

Product Details

  • Conductor: Cyprien Katsaris
  • Composer: French Composers
  • Audio CD (April 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 1-2-3-4 GO
  • ASIN: B006LMION6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SJ Blacklock: on April 18, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Ever since discovering that Katsaris had recorded some of the etudes by Amédée Méreaux, I had to get this disc. At the time I was considering returning to study to write a dissertation on the composer. In my anticipation, I contacted Katsaris's agent, asking for, and soon receiving, an advance 'raw' copy of the disc.

After what has seemed like a LONG time, I'm very happy to see that this recording has now been polished and commercially released. The music that Katsaris has included here is high-quality stuff, beginning with five studies by Méreaux, a composer never before recorded to my knowledge. Rather than being in the same category as the fantastic, sprawling études of Liszt or Alkan, these smaller pieces were presumably intended to be used purely as technical studies, as an aid for extension of technique, particularly, it seems, for independence of the fingers. Méreaux's etudes (60 studies/'caprices' in all, published in five volumes) seek to address all of the pianistic challenges of the time. They were highly regarded - Berlioz commended them - and were adopted onto the syllabus of the Paris Conservatoire after publication. According to the sleeve notes, even Prokofiev knew and played at least one of them. Apparently Katsaris has said that these are the most difficult studies he has ever attempted to learn.

Katsaris takes the first study at a blistering tempo with a hair-raising repeated rhythmical figuration in the left hand underpinning a legato melody in the right hand, which is surrounded by arpeggio figurations. This had me on the edge of my seat when I first heard it!
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