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1. Modere
2. Tres Lent
3. Prelude
4. Scene 2
5. Interlude Et Scene 4
6. Scene Finale
7. Allegro Con Brio
8. Allegro Grazioso (Tempo Di Valz)
9. Allegro Con Spirito
10. Prelude
11. Fugue
12. Doute
13. Petit Canon Perpétuel
14. L'accueil Des Muses, 'In Memoriam Debussy'
15. Segovia, Op. 29
16. Conte À La Poupée

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Albert Roussel forged a unique musical identity in his music and remains one of the most intriguing and influential of French composers. In this first of three volumes of his complete piano music one can hear his originality as early as the Sonatine, Op. 16, composed in 1912 where fantasy and atmospheric colour are prominent. Le Marchand de sable qui passe, Op. 13 (The Sandman) is incidental music written for a verse play where the influence of Debussy and Wagner can sometimes be felt. Roussel's last creative phase, represented by Trois Pièces, Op. 49, reveals his incisive wit, rhythmic vitality and jazzy turns of phrase.


'Roussel was championed by two great French pianists...but even they could hardly have made a finer case for the composer than Jean-Pierre Armengaud, whose rich experience is reflected in well-recorded performances of outstanding vitality and expertise.' --Gramophone, May 2014

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A Magnificent Introduction to Roussel's Piano Works 4 Aug. 2014
By David A. Wend - Published on
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The music on this disc covers Albert Roussel's career from his early Sonatine from 1912 to his Trois Pieces from 1934. I know Roussel's orchestral music well and this was my introduction to his piano works. The Sonatine the writing reminds one of Maurice Ravel, with a touch of Erik Satie tossed in. Le Marchand de sable qui passé (The Sandman) was composed in 1908 as incidental music for a one-act play, and reminded me of Debussy in the dreamy and elegant Scene II and the melancholy of the Interlude. The mysterious and dreamy sound of the music brings Pelleas to mind, and is well suited to the subject of the Sandman bringing a man and woman together in a forest.

The energy of Trois Pieces, OP 49 (1934) is welcome after the dreamy Sandman. The opening melody with it jagged rhythm is pure Roussel and the middle movement waltz makes a charming interlude; the spirited finale, with its dramatic slow melody, leaves one smiling. The Prelude and Fugue, OP 46 (1932) was written as homage to Bach. The Prelude was added in 1934, after the Fugue, based on Bach's name, was composed.

The remaining four short works capture various moods. Doubt (1919) is highly tormented and L'Accueil des Muses (1920) was a contribution piece to homage to Debussy, who had died in 1918. Segovia was dedicated to the famous guitarist and is a colorful piece based on Spanish melodies. The final work Conte a la poupee (Doll's Tale) 1904 is a charming lullaby. The pianist, Jean-Pierre Armengaud, is new to me, and he performs the music beautifully with great expression, clearly having affection for Roussel's music
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