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Pierné, Gabriel (1863-1937)

Gabriel Pierné

born: 16 August 1863
died: 17 July 1937
country: France

Henri Constant Gabriel Pierné was born in Metz in Lorraine in 1863. His father was a professor at the Metz Conservatoire and his mother came from the other end of France, in Montpellier (from her, one biographer has opined, Gabriel inherited ‘a certain vivacity’). Wisely, as it turned out, his parents moved from Metz to Paris to escape the Franco-Prussian War, and the eight-year-old Gabriel entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1871, where he was taught by Massenet and César Franck. A grand haul of first prizes duly followed, in piano, counterpoint and organ, culminating in the Prix de Rome in 1882. On Franck’s death in 1890, Pierné took his place as organist at Sainte-Clotilde until 1898. But the decisive post was that of assistant conductor of the Colonne Orchestra which he assumed in 1903, from which he graduated to chief conductor on the death of Édouard Colonne in 1910. He remained in the post until 1934.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2014

Albums

Pierné & Koechlin: Cello Sonatas
CDA66979Archive Service
Pierné: Piano Concertos
CDA67348
Pierné: Piano Quintet; Vierne: String Quartet
Studio Master: CDA68036Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
European Light Music Classics
CDH55477Helios (Hyperion's budget label) NEW
Caprices & Fantasies
CDH55130Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining
Koechlin & Pierné: Cello Sonatas
CDA66979Archive Service
L'Après Midi d'un Dinosaur
CDH88035Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Rare French works for violin and orchestra
CDH55396Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Vierne: String Quartet; Pierné: Piano Quintet
Studio Master: CDA68036Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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