On a recent music forum the question was posed ‘What music makes you smile?’ The immediate answer ‘Anything by Chabrier’ initiated a chorus of approval as others responded with their favourite Chabrier pieces. Everyone knows Espana, many will recognise Joyeuse marche and an increasing number are now familiar with the exquisitely crafted L’étoile. This CD celebrates these works and much else besides in performances that have attracted the highest praise. Every emotion from the stormy (Gwendoline Overture) to the life-affirming (L’île heureuse) as well as the inevitable laugh out loud works, is covered, Chabrier’s genial nature, earthy sense of humour, unconventional keyboard technique and wide-ranging interests ensured that he moved easily in C19 artistic circles and amongst his closest friends were the finest composers, painters and writers of the day. His influence on twentieth century music was immense and if you enjoy Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Poulenc and de Falla, then you will love this disc!
“this is a fascinating collection which will have you going back to other recordings of these works to compare and contrast their approaches to the music of this most fascinating and surprising composer.”
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