Bizet: Complete Piano Music

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Bizet: Complete Piano Music



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31st Jan 2011




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Bizet: Complete Piano Music


Nocturne No. 1 in F

Grande valse de concert in E flat major

Trois Esquisses musicales

Nocturne in D major

Variations chromatiques

Valse in C major

Quatre Préludes

Caprice in C sharp minor

Caprice in C major

Thème brillant

Chants du Rhin

Magasin des familles


Romance sans paroles


Chasse fantastique

L'Arlesienne Suites 1 & 2

Julia Severus (piano)

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Georges Bizet’s popular L’Arlésienne Suites are seldom heard in the composer’s own piano transcriptions. Indeed, his delightful compositions and arrangements for this instrument remain to be discovered by many listeners. Bizet was himself an accomplished pianist, whose solo piano works range across many different genres and styles from the Chopinesque lyricism of the Nocturnes and Chansons sans paroles to the virtuosic Caprices and Chasse fantastique and the highly dramatic Variations chromatiques. Julia Severus, who as a member of the Aurora Duo has released recordings of piano transcriptions of music by Tchaikovsky, Balakirev and Glazunov (8557717 and 8570418), here makes her solo recording début for the label.

Georges Bizet: Nocturne in F major

Nocturne in F major

Georges Bizet: Grande valse de concert

Grande valse de concert

Georges Bizet: 3 Esquisses musicales

No. 1. Ronde turque

No. 2. Serenade

No. 3. Caprice

Georges Bizet: Nocturne in D major

Nocturne in D major

Georges Bizet: Variations chromatiques

Variations chromatiques

Georges Bizet: Valse in C major

Valse in C major

Georges Bizet: 4 Preludes

Prelude No. 1 in C major

Prelude No. 2 in A minor

Prelude No. 3 in G major

Prelude No. 4 in E minor

Georges Bizet: Caprice No. 1 in C sharp minor

Caprice No. 1 in C sharp minor

Georges Bizet: Caprice No. 2 in C major

Caprice No. 2 in C major

Georges Bizet: Theme brillant

Theme brillant

Georges Bizet: L'arlesienne Suite No. 1 (arr. for piano)

I. Prelude

II. Minuetto

III. Adagietto

IV. Carillon

Georges Bizet: Chants du Rhin

I. L'aurore

II. Le depart

III. Les reves

IV. La bohemienne

V. Les confidences

VI. Le retour

Georges Bizet: Magasin des familles

I. Meditation religieuse

II. Romance sans paroles

III. Casilda

Georges Bizet: Venise


Georges Bizet: Romance sans paroles in C major

Romance sans paroles in C major

Georges Bizet: Marine


Georges Bizet: Chasse fantastique

Chasse fantastique

Georges Bizet: L'arlesienne Suite No. 2 (version for piano)

I. Pastorale

II. Intermezzo

III. Menuet

IV. Farandole

The Guardian

10th March 2011


“Julia Severus closes each of her discs with one of the suites from L'Arlésienne, prefacing the first with genre pieces and the second with narrative or descriptive works. She just lets the music speak for itself with a minimum of interpretative fuss. Very fine.”

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