CÉSAR CUI (1834-1918): 20 Poèmes de Jean Richepin (First Complete Recording), Op. 44, Solo Piano: Sérénade, Op. 64/?
Catalogue Number: 02S046
Description: Richepin was a wild, headstrong poet who loved to shock the bourgeoisie with his gritty beggars’ ballads, gruesome stories from the gutter, and ironic innuendo and Cui was a pedantically correct composer and sharp critic of anything off the beaten path. So he picked poems that were suitable for the salon and set 20 of them in 1890. No texts but the notes describe each song’s context and content. No texts. Jean Bernas (bass-baritone), Denis Ivanov (piano).