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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55198
Recording details: November 1993
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: May 1994
Total duration: 6 minutes 31 seconds

'Even more attractive than its predecessor' (Gramophone)

'A treasure trove for the explorer' (BBC Music Magazine)

Au pays dévasté, Op 155
published in 1919

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
When she required it, Chaminade could certainly summon up the grand manner, and nowhere to greater effect than in Au pays dévasté. Here there is no thought of entertainment. Published in 1919, this ‘devastated landscape’ is unmistakably a war elegy such as we find in some of Debussy’s last piano music, though its bleak and deeply felt G minor lamentation is couched in an idiom more Romantic than Impressionist. Superbly constructed, and lingering long in the memory, this powerful work deserves to be much better known.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 1994

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