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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 11 July 2012
The sad news of the passing of Brigitte Engerer two weeks ago means the loss of one of the most generous-spirited of musicians, and of a uniquely wonderful human being. Her partnership with Henri Demarquette brought forth three recordings that I know of (besides this one, a Saint-Saens disc including the complete Carnaval des animaux, and a Chopin disc). This one is the most personal in a sense in that many of the pieces have been arranged by Engerer and Demarquette themselves, and very skillfully, so that they make a real complement to the original versions. The Duparc convey the same power as the originals, as do the Debussy arrangements, while the Ravel pieces are stunningly atmospheric. There are sublime versions of Saint-Saens' Le Cygne, which confirms it as a tune of amazing beauty and power, and Faure's Elegie is revealed in its full nobility and has a particular poignancy hearing it at this time. Demarquette's sound is very pure and beautiful, and Brigitte Engerer's opalescent tone has a unique radiance and intensity that constantly catches the ear and makes these pieces very much duos, as the best partnerships are. Her empathy and attentiveness to her partner were almost unequalled - only Martha Argerich has this same ability to make chamber music quite so magical and communicative. (In his introductory remarks Demarquette says that he has never felt so well supported in Le Cygne as when he plays it with Engerer.) Realising this makes listening to the sequence - which consists of all slow music - quite sad at the present time, but it also makes one grateful that Brigitte Engerer gave so much of herself to music and left such a precious legacy in her recordings.
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