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Naïve’s prestigious ‘Cité de la Musique’ series presents a new recording of pieces originally written for - and here played on - a rarely performed instrument of the past, the pedal piano. This intriguing CD includes two monumental works by Franz Liszt, Evocation à la Chapelle Sixtine and the Prelude and Fugue on B-A-C-H, as well as music by Boëly, Schumann’s Four Sketches opus 58, two preludes by Alkan, and Brahms’ Prelude and Fugue in G minor Woo 10.
The Cité de la Musique in Paris is a major centre covering all musical genres and repertoires. Along with two concert halls, it includes a museum of early instruments. Naïve and the Cité de la Musique have launched a series in which great performers record on legendary instruments. This new volume is dedicated to an instrument scarcely played, the pedal piano, which belongs to a line of instruments which, like the organ, are equipped with a pedal keyboard. In the middle of the 19th century several major composers wrote pieces for pedal piano, including those featured on this CD.
Olivier Latry is regarded as one of the leading organists of his generation, both in France and on the international scene. After a period as organist of Meaux Cathedral from 1981 to 1985, he was only twenty-three when selected by competitive examination to become principal organist at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Alexandre Pierre Francois Boely: 12 Pieces, Op. 18
No. 6. Fantaisie et fugue
No. 1. Andante con moto
Alexandre Pierre Francois Boely: Fantasies and Fugues, Op. 43
No. 7. Andante con moto
No. 13. Toccata
12 Pieces, Op. 18
12 Pieces, Op. 18: No. 7. Allegro ma non troppo
Franz Liszt: Evocation a la Chapelle Sixtine, S658/R400
Evocation a la Chapelle Sixtine, S658/R400
Robert Schumann: 4 Skizzen fur den Pedal-Flugel, Op. 58
No. 1. Nicht schnell und sehr markiert
No. 2. Nicht schnell und sehr markiert
No. 3. Lebhaft
No. 4. Allegretto
Johannes Brahms: Prelude and Fugue in G minor, WoO 10
Charles-Valentin Alkan: 11 Grand Preludes and Transcription of Handel's Messiah, Op. 66
Prelude No. 10 in B flat minor
Prelude No. 5 in E flat major
Franz Liszt: Prelude and Fugue on the name B-A-C-H, S260/R381
Prelude and Fugue on the name B-A-C-H, S260/R381
30th October 2011
“This isn’t a simple grand piano with an organ pedal board attached — the range, layout and undoubtedly feel are completely different. The sound has the characteristic hardness of pianos from the period, and Latry refrains from attempting too much nuance.”
“it's a revelation to hear Schumann's Sketches, or the original version of Liszt's Prelude and Fugue on B-A-C-H played as intended. Not all the pieces are great, but there are some gems...Latry's performances are utterly convincing.”
“Realistically recorded, there is no disguising the fact that the pedalier is a percussion instrument (try Schumann's Op. 58 No. 4) which produces a certain amount of clunking in the playing process. True, the five short Boely works are charming curiosities, but it is two of Alkan's Op. 66 Preludes that impress the most. The disc is nicely presented, as you'd expect from Naïve”
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