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Charles Gounod: Piano

Roberto Prosseda

1 LA VENEZIANA (Barcarolle) in G minor CG 593
2 IMPROMPTU in G major CG 580*
3 SOUVENANCE (Nocturne) in E flat major CG 590*
4 MARCHE FUNÈBRE D’UNE MARIONNETTE in D minor CG 583

SIX ROMANCES SANS PAROLES
5 No. 1: La Pervenche in B major CG 585
6 No. 2: Le Ruisseau in G flat major CG 589
7 No. 3: Le Soir in E flat major CG 441a
8 No. 4: Le Calme (La Nonne sanglante) in D flat major GC2e*
9 No. 5: Chanson de printemps in A flat major CG 359a
10 No. 6: Le Lierre (Ivy) in B flat major CG 581
11 MÉDITATION SUR LE 1ER PRÉLUDE DE J. S. BACH (AVE MARIA) in C major CG 89b

SIX PRÉLUDES ET FUGUES CG 587
12 Prélude in G major
13 Fugue in G major
14 Choral in E minor
15 Fugue in E minor
16 Prélude in C major
17 Fugue in C major
18 Prélude in D major
19 Fugue in D major
20 Choral in F major
21 Fugue in F major
22 Choral in A minor
23 Fugue in A minor

SONATE POUR PIANO À QUATRE MAINS in E flat major CG 617* with ENRICO POMPILI, PIANO
24 I. Allegro
25 II. Adagio
26 III. Presto

ROBERTO PROSSEDA: I decided to explore Charles Gounod’s piano music as I feel that he is one of the most underrated Romantic composers. Famous for his operas Faust and Roméo et Juliette, Gounod wrote about 40 pieces for piano, and some of them, like the ambitious Sonate pour piano à quatre mains (here recorded with Enrico Pompili), remained unpublished and unrecorded till today. After having recorded Gounod’s complete piano works for pedal piano and orchestra (the only concertante repertoire of his catalogue) it was a natural step for me to discover Gounod’s piano repertoire as well. Much of the pieces included in this CD are influenced by Mendelssohn: Gounod met Fanny Mendelssohn in Rome and she introduced him to Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier and to the Lieder ohne Worte by Felix Mendelssohn. It is not a coincidence, though, that also Gounod composed Six Preludes and Fugues (like Mendelssohn’s op. 35) and Six Romances sans Paroles, with their exquisite post-mendelssohnian lyricism. But the most famous piece is the Méditation sur le 1er Prélude de J. S. Bach (1852), that was originally written for piano solo: only later, in 1859, he added the words of Ave Maria to the melodic line, giving eternal fame to this music. Another world famous piece, originally written for piano solo, is the Marche funèbre d’une marionnette (1872), a grotesque musical portrait of the British music critic H. F. Chorney, which was used, in a later orchestral transcription, for Alfred Hitchcock's TV series.

Decca Classics 4816956

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