Angela Hewitt - Piano Music by Emmanuel Chabrier - 2006 (SACD-R, ISO)

Angela Hewitt – Piano Music by Emmanuel Chabrier – 2006 (SACD-R, ISO)

Composer: Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer: Angela Hewitt – piano
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1 SACD-R
Format: ISO
Bit Depth: 64(2.8 MHz/1 Bit)
Number of channels: 5.1, 2.0
Label: Hyperion
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Angela Hewitt / Piano Music by Emmanuel Chabrier

01. Impromptu, for piano in C major
02. Pièces posthumes (5), for piano: Ronde champêtre
03. Pièces pittoresques (10), for piano: Paysage
04. Pièces pittoresques (10), for piano: Mélancolie
05. Pièces pittoresques (10), for piano: Tourbillon
06. Pièces pittoresques (10), for piano: Sous-bois
07. Pièces pittoresques (10), for piano: Mauresque
08. PiÃ..ces pittoresques (10), for piano: Idylle
09. PiÃ..ces pittoresques (10), for piano: Dans villageoise
10. PiÃ..ces pittoresques (10), for piano: Improvisation
11. PiÃ..ces pittoresques (10), for piano: Menuet pompeux
12. Pièces pittoresques (10), for piano: Scherzo-valse
13. Pièces posthumes (5), for piano: Aubade
14. Pièces posthumes (5), for piano: Ballabile
15. Pièces posthumes (5), for piano: Caprice
16. Pièces posthumes (5), for piano: Feuillet d’album
17. Habañera, for piano (or orchestra)
18. Bourrée fantasque, for piano (also for orchestra)

Angela Hewitt plays the piano works of Emmanuel Chabrier, who is perhaps unjustly thought of just as the composer of the orchestral showstopper “Espana.”

Review from John Sunier at Audiophile Audition:

When this disc came in originally in a standard CD version I auditioned it but actually paid little attention to the music, considering the composer just a creator of little salon pieces, some of which got transcribed for orchestra and gained some popularity – such as the closing Bourrée fantasque here or his most famous work – Espana. This SACD version struck me entirely differently, partly due to the great clarity and immediacy of the piano sound in hi-res surround. And partly to reading of the liner notes reminding me of Chabrier’s status as one of the most original of all French composers.

As with many other composers, he was forced into another profession early in life by parents with no faith in a composer’s career. His discovery of Wagner help him to turn to music full time, but in some of his piano pieces he became a precursor of the Impressionists in music. The piece Sous-bois in this collection illustrates that point. The titles of the ten pittoresque pieces were often chosen just prior to publication and on occasion don’t appear to really fit. A penchant for staccato playing seems to be a standard thing with Chabrier, adding to the exuberant feeling of most of these pieces. As with many French composers, he was adept at capturing the Iberian spirit in music, and his Habanera is an example – though the dance really came from Cuba. The closing Bourrée fantasque is better known in its orchestral fabric.

Angela Hewitt had recorded many times for the Hyperion label – recently the Bach solo keyboard concertos, and before that discs of Ravel, Granados, Messiaen, all the Chopin Nocturnes and three Couperin CDs. Her sparkling treatments of these gems of Chabrier should bring new appreciation to this underrated composer

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I would strongly – very strongly – urge people who do not own this recording already to purchase a legitimate copy of it on CD if they intend to keep the SACD versions. Hyperion is an independent label in England with a long record of superlative releases, and they deserve your support. This SACD ISO set is being put here because it is increasingly difficult to find. Hyperion has this album available as a regular CD, and also makes FLACs available, click here for more information. It is also available from iTunes, if you prefer that.

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