Schubert, Beethoven, Debussy, Fauré, Messiaen, Franaix

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COMPOSERS: Beethoven,Debussy,Faure,Franaix,Messiaen,Schubert
LABELS: Philips
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Cello Music
WORKS: Works by Schubert, Beethoven, Debussy, Fauré, Messiaen, Françaix,
PERFORMER: Maurice Gendron (cello), Jean Françaix (piano), Peter Gallion (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 438 960-2 ADD (1960/64/66)

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This affectionate tribute to the splendid artistry of the ‘other’ great French cellist of the century, Maurice Gendron, offers gems from the Philips back-catalogue which no cello devotee can afford to miss. Gendron’s impeccable Schubert and Beethoven performances originally appeared in 1967, and have represented a benchmark of quality ever since. His reading of the Debussy Sonata, recorded in 1964 alongside works by Fauré, Françaix and Messiaen fills the second CD, the third offering a generous selection of shorter recital and encore pieces. Gendron’s courteous, refined and scrupulous playing is heard in digitally revitalised sound; a reissue of rare significance.

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Michael Jameson