Roussel: Piano Music Vol. 1

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Roussel: Piano Music Vol. 1



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25th Nov 2013




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Roussel: Piano Music Vol. 1


Sonatine, Op. 16

Le Marchand de sable qui passe, Op. 13

world premiere recording of the piano version

3 Pieces, Op. 49

Prélude et Fugue, Op. 46


Petit canon perpétuel

L'accueil des muses

Segovia for guitar, Op. 29

Conte à la poupée



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Albert Roussel forged a unique musical identity in his music and remains one of the most intriguing and influential of French composers. In this first of three volumes of his complete piano music one can hear his originality as early as the Sonatine, Op. 16, composed in 1912 where fantasy and atmospheric colour are prominent. Le Marchand de sable qui passe, Op. 13 (The Sandman) is incidental music written for a verse play where the influence of Debussy and Wagner can sometimes be felt. Roussel’s last creative phase, represented by Trois Pièces, Op. 49, reveals his incisive wit, rhythmic vitality and jazzy turns of phrase.

Albert Roussel: Sonatine, Op. 16

I. Modere

II. Tres lent

Albert Roussel: Le marchand de sable qui passe, Op. 13 (version for piano)

I. Prelude

II. Scene 2

III. Interlude et Scene 4

IV. Scene finale

Albert Roussel: 3 Pieces, Op. 49

No. 1. Allegro con brio

No. 2. Allegro grazioso (Tempo di valz)

No. 3. Allegro con spirito

Albert Roussel: Prelude and Fugue, Op. 46



Albert Roussel: Doute


Albert Roussel: Petit canon perpetuel

Petit canon perpetuel

Albert Roussel: L'accueil des muses, "In memoriam Debussy"

L'accueil des muses, "In memoriam Debussy"

Albert Roussel: Segovia, Op. 29 (version for piano)

Segovia, Op. 29 (version for piano)

Albert Roussel: Conte a la poupee

Conte a la poupee

Gramophone Magazine

May 2014

“even [Casadesus and Cortot] could hardly have made a finer case for the composer than Jean-Pierre Armengaud, whose rich experience is reflected in well-recorded performances of outstanding vitality and expertise.”

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