Four Hands for France: Music for Piano Duet

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

    ERNEST CHAUSSON
    Sonatines pour quatre mains, Op. 2 (1879)*
    Sonatine No. 1 in G major (1878)

  1. I Gaîment
  2. II Andante
  3. III Finale
  4. Sonatine No. 2 in D minor (1879)

  5. I Mouvement de marche
  6. II Variations sur un thème danois, transcrit par Niels Gade
  7. III Rondeau
  8. GUY ROPARTZ
    Petites Pièces (1903)*

  9. No. 1 Andante
  10. No. 2 Lento
  11. No. 3 Allegretto
  12. No. 4 L’Angelus
  13. No. 5 Le Glas
  14. No. 6 Cloches du Soir
  15. No. 7 Choral
  16. No. 8 Tristesse
  17. No. 9 Intimité
  18. No. 10 Par les Champs
  19. JULES MASSENET
    Pièces pour le Piano à 4 Mains: 1re Suite, Op. 11 (1867)*

  20. No. 1 Andante
  21. No. 2 Allegretto quasi allegro
  22. No. 3 Andante
  23. CHARLES-VALENTIN ALKAN
    Saltarelle, Op. 47 (1856)

  24. Saltarelle, Op. 47
  25. CÉCILE CHAMINADE
    Pièces romantiques, Op. 55 (1890)

  26. No. 1 Primavera
  27. No. 2 Idylle Arabe
  28. No. 3 Sérénade d’automne
  29. BENJAMIN GODARD
    Deux morceaux, Op. 137 (1893)*

  30. No. 1 Pastorale mélancolique
  31. No. 2 Marche villageoise
 

* FIRST RECORDINGS


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Catalogue No: TOCN0007
EAN/UPC: 5060640070073
Release Date: 20.08.2021
Composer: Benjamin Godard, Cécile Chaminade, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Ernest Chausson, Guy Ropartz, Jules Massenet
Artists: Erin Helyard, Stephanie McCallum

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