JEAN ABSIL (1893-1974): 3 Impromptus, Op. 10, Sonatine, Op. 27, Marines, Op. 36, 5 Bagatelles, Op. 61, Grande Suite, Op. 62, Hommage à Schumann, Op. 67, Esquisses sur les sept péchés capitaux, Op. 83, Echecs, Op. 96, Danses bulgares, Op. 102, Grande Suite No. 2 "Hommage à Chopin", Op. 110, Sonatine, Op. 125.
Catalogue Number: 05M057
Label: Fuga Libera
Description: Absil developed a personal language not dependent on traditional harmonies (but used traditional forms) which evolved over time. Thus, the earlier works here (they date from 1932-1966) have a bit of the flavor of Ravel, there is some modality and polytonality and, later, elements of folk music (as in the "Bulgarian Dances"). All approachable, appealing and sure to please collectors of 20th century French piano music. 2 CDs. Daniel Blumenthal (piano).