CHARLES KOECHLIN (1867-1950): Works for Piano, Vol. 2 - Les Heures persanes, Op. 65.
Catalogue Number: 06K072
Label: Hännsler Classic
Reference: CD 93.246
Description: This journey of the imagination through Persia was composed between 1913 and 1919. Almost all of the music is slow, meditative, tranquil (there are no fewer than three representations of moonlight) and the dynamic range is generally p to ppp. Koechlin's performance instructions, in both Italian and French, also make clear the character of the pieces: "transparent", "luminous", "very calm", "sustained", "translucent" and "nostalgically expressive" as just some examples. The language is modal and often polytonal and the interweaving of melodic lines is meant to suggest the intricacies of Islamic decorative art; the result, filtered as it is through a French sensibility, is both original and in the tradition of Debussy and of Satie. Michael Korstick (piano).