Chaminade: Automne; Poème provençal; Six romances sans paroles

COMPOSERS: Chaminade
LABELS: Relief
WORKS: Automne; Poème provençal; Six romances sans paroles
PERFORMER: Madeleine Stucki (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: CR 931039 DDD (distr. Albany)
The career ran until the 1920s, the music is Mendelssohn through to early Fauré, but with astonishing melodic generosity and a personal sense of poetic character. Automne, the biggest and best-known work, parallels the glowing E major Étude by Chopin. Discovery of the disc is Méditation, the most penetrating and subtle of Chaminade’s lyrical pieces. Elsewhere energy and verve abound in music much varied in mood, straightforward in form. Stucki plays it with vigour and tender rubato in a beautiful, intimate acoustic. Robert Maycock

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