Alexandre Boëly (1785–1858) is best remembered as a member of the long French tradition of organist-composers. His piano music, by contrast, is as good as unknown, and yet it is an important link between the Baroque and Classical worlds of eighteenth-century France and the emerging Romanticism of the nineteenth. This recording, on an Érard piano from 1853, highlights both its Classical poise and its Romantic charm, revealing Boëly as a forerunner of composers like Saint-Saëns, whom he taught, as well as other piano pioneers such as Alkan, Chopin and Liszt, all of whom this prominent Parisian musician and teacher may well have known personally.
Stephanie McCallum, piano (Érard, Paris, 1853)
IV Suites pour piano composées dans le style des anciens Maîtres, Op. 16 – Suite IV in F minor
24 Pièces diverses pour piano divisées en 2 suites, Op. 20 – Deuxième Suite
Caprice pour le piano, Op. 7
Trente études, Op. 6
Quarante pièces d’étude, Op. 13
Catalogue No: TOCC0471EAN/UPC: 5060113444714Release Date: 01.06.2018Composer: Alexandre Boëly Artists: Stephanie McCallum
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