LOUIS AUBERT (1877-1968): Violin Sonata (Alessandro Fagiuoli [violin]*, Sillages, Feuille d’images* for Piano Four Hands, Habanera for Piano Four Hands (Olivier Chauzu [duet partner])*. * - World Premiere Recordings.
Catalogue Number: 09R051
Label: Grand Piano
Description: Practically unknown still, the triptych Sillages of 1908-1912 might be one of the most significant French piano works of its period, standing alongside Gaspard de la Nuit and Florent Schmitt’s Ombres. It is wonderfully evocative in impressionistic-romantic style of “On the Seashore” (evoking the changing moods of the Atlantic coast), “Socorry” (a chapel in a small town, its bell tolling as for a wake) and “At Night” (a troubled, dreamlike nocturne). The 23-minute sonata of 1926 is dedicated to the memory of Fauré and very much in that composer’s late style. The Feuille lightens things up, a collection of instructional pieces for pupil and teacher at the same keyboard. Jean-Pierre Armengaud (piano).