French Duets

 
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GABRIEL FAURE / FRANCIS POULENC / CLAUDE DEBUSSY
French Duets
Steven Osborne (piano), Paul Lewis (piano)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 5 March 2021

GRAMOPHONE Award Nomination 2021 - Piano

A bewitching programme of music often associated with childhood, including favourites by Fauré, Ravel and Debussy; works which amply reward the care lavished on them by Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne in these exquisite accounts.

"Fresh-faced charm pervades this astutely curated disc…Far from a marriage of convenience, Lewis and Osborne are long-standing duo partners, complementing each other perfectly in lightly-worn virtuosity… In short, this is pure enjoyment from start to finish." BBC Music

"The cover image of French Duets gives away one secret of the music the pianists Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne perform - or, rather, the way they play it: in Boaters Rowing on the Yerres by Caillebotte, two mighty rowers hold one oar each, pulling with equal weight." The Guardian

"This offers not only the perfect escape from our current locked-down state but also the most sublime example of peerless pianism" Gramophone Recording of the month April 2021 / GRAMOPHONE Award Nomination 2021 - Piano

Tracks:

Gabriel Fauré - Dolly, Op 56 - I. Berceuse
Gabriel Fauré - Dolly, Op 56 - II. Mi-a-ou
Gabriel Fauré - Dolly, Op 56 - III. Le jardin de Dolly
Gabriel Fauré - Dolly, Op 56 - IV. Kitty-valse
Gabriel Fauré - Dolly, Op 56 - V. Tendresse
Gabriel Fauré - Dolly, Op 56 - VI. Le pas espagnol

Francis Poulenc - Sonata for four hands, FP8 - I. Prélude
Francis Poulenc - Sonata for four hands, FP8 - II. Rustique
Francis Poulenc - Sonata for four hands, FP8 - III. Final

Claude Debussy - Six épigraphes antiques, L139 - I. Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d'été
Claude Debussy - Six épigraphes antiques, L139 - II. Pour un tombeau sans nom
Claude Debussy - Six épigraphes antiques, L139 - III. Pour que la nuit soit propice
Claude Debussy - Six épigraphes antiques, L139 - IV. Pour la danseuse aux crotales
Claude Debussy - Six épigraphes antiques, L139 - V. Pour l'égyptienne
Claude Debussy - Six épigraphes antiques, L139 - VI. Pour remercier la pluie au matin
Claude Debussy - Petite suite, L71 - I. En bateau
Claude Debussy - Petite suite, L71 - II. Cortège
Claude Debussy - Petite suite, L71 - III. Menuet
Claude Debussy - Petite suite, L71 - IV. Ballet

Igor Stravinsky - Three easy pieces - I. March
Igor Stravinsky - Three easy pieces - II. Waltz
Igor Stravinsky - Three easy pieces - III. Polka

Maurice Ravel - Ma mère l'oye - I. Pavane de la belle au bois dormant
Maurice Ravel - Ma mère l'oye - II. Petit poucet
Maurice Ravel - Ma mère l'oye - III. Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes
Maurice Ravel - Ma mère l'oye - IV. Les entretiens de la belle et de la bête
Maurice Ravel - Ma mère l'oye - V. Le jardin féerique