Alexandre Boëly: Piano Music, Volume One

Catalogue No: TOCC0471
EAN/UPC: 5060113444714
Release Date: 2018-06-01
Composer: Alexandre Boëly
Artists: Stephanie McCallum

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)

Listen To This Recording:

    24 Pièces diverses pour piano divisées en 2 suites, Op. 20 – Première Suite

  1. No. 1 Allegretto moderato
  2. No. 2 Romance (Andante)
  3. No. 3 Andantino
  4. No. 4 Scherzo (Allegro moderato)
  5. No. 5 Prélude
  6. No. 6 Andante sostenuto con espressione
  7. No. 7 Romance (Andantino)
  8. No. 8 Allegretto con moto
  9. No. 9 Allegretto
  10. No. 10 Prélude (Andante)
  11. No. 11 Allegretto grazioso
  12. No. 12 Allegretto scherzando
  13. IV Suites pour piano composées dans le style des anciens Maîtres, Op. 16 – Suite IV in F minor

  14. I Fuga a 2 soggetti: Moderato
  15. II Largo
  16. III Polacca
  17. 24 Pièces diverses pour piano divisées en 2 suites, Op. 20 – Deuxième Suite

  18. No. 13 Romance (Con espressione)
  19. No. 14 Moderato con espressione
  20. No. 15 Tempo di menuetto
  21. No. 16 Danse villageoise (Allegro)
  22. No. 17 Andante
  23. No. 18 Scherzo and Trio (Allegro)
  24. No. 19 Larghetto affettuoso
  25. No. 20 Allegro con vivacità
  26. No. 21 Andantino con moto
  27. No. 22 Gavotte (Allegretto grazioso)
  28. No. 23 Marche des pélerins (Tempo moderato)
  29. No. 24 Allegro vivace e scherzando
  30. Caprice pour le piano, Op. 7

  31. Allegro grazioso
  32. Trente études, Op. 6

  33. No. 11 in E minor (Allegro vivace)
  34. No. 20 in C minor (Con fuoco)
  35. Quarante pièces d’étude, Op. 13

  36. No. 6 in E flat minor (Allegro con fuoco)


1 review for Alexandre Boëly: Piano Music, Volume One

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    ‘The excellence of the playing, the fidelity of the recording and perfect piano sound, to say nothing of the erudition of the sleeve notes, all make this CD hard to resist. And then you’ll more than likely become hooked, just in time for the release of Volume Two.’

    —Philip R Buttall, MusicWeb International

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