Playing four-hands piano was both vital in the dissemination of music in the nineteenth century and also a popular domestic activity. The French composers recorded here span the Romantic century, from the salon charm of Chaminade and Massenet and the virtuosity of Alkan’s wild dance to the innocence of the family music-room in pieces by Chausson, Godard and Ropartz. The original 1853 Parisian Erard piano on which this recording was made combines warmth with bell-like clarity due to its straight stringing, allowing it to produce a surprising variety of appealing, expressive textures.
Stephanie McCallum (primo) and Erin Helyard (secondo)
Piano Erard 1853
Sonatine No. 2 in D minor (1879)
Petites Pièces (1903)*
Pièces pour le Piano à 4 Mains: 1re Suite, Op. 11 (1867)*
Saltarelle, Op. 47 (1856)
Pièces romantiques, Op. 55 (1890)
Deux morceaux, Op. 137 (1893)*
* FIRST RECORDINGS
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Catalogue No: TOCN0007EAN/UPC: 5060640070073Release Date: 20.08.2021Composer: Benjamin Godard,
Jules Massenet Artists: Erin Helyard,
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