Chabrier: Pièces pittoresques; Impromptu; Aubade; Ballabile; Ronde champêtre; Trois valses romantiques

COMPOSERS: Chabrier
LABELS: Unicorn-Kanchana
WORKS: Pièces pittoresques; Impromptu; Aubade; Ballabile; Ronde champêtre; Trois valses romantiques
PERFORMER: Kathryn Stott, Elizabeth Burley (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: DKP(CD) 9158 DDD
This is fun: the music is full of pleasing character, exuberance and memorable melodies, with Chabrier’s fondness for Spanish flavours much in evidence. There are gems not only among the more familiar Pièces pittoresques but in the remaining pieces too: the Caprice, for instance, is a mysterious, nocturnal work, not capricious at all. Kathryn Stott’s playing has delightful inner élan and bounciness – she sounds as if she’s enjoying every minute. Jessica Duchen

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