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Track(s) taken from CDA67515

Caprice

composer
published 1897

Angela Hewitt (piano)
Recording details: June 2004
Das Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy
Produced by Ludger Böckenhoff
Engineered by Ludger Böckenhoff
Release date: February 2006
Total duration: 2 minutes 44 seconds
 
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Caprice  [2'44]

Reviews

'As to Hewitt's performances, they are as affectionate, warm, lyrical and charming as one could wish, underlining but not exaggerating Chabrier's deliciously predictable unpredictability' (Gramophone)

'Hewitt is at her best here, teasing out the yearning harmonies and shy cadences with a persuasive rubato' (BBC Music Magazine)

'It is very fresh-face playing, bringing out, also, Chabrier's acknowledged debt to the French Baroque keyboard giants, while even Bach seems to hang over the gigue-like Scherzo-valse … wit and charm are in abundance' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Angela Hewitt, in one of her best recordings to date, has captured Chabrier's musical spirit perfectly' (International Record Review)

'Pianists have missed some treats by neglecting Chabrier’s piano music. Angela Hewitt plays this refreshing selection with the same poetry, elegance and dancing touch that made her other French discs for Hyperion so special. The ten Pièces pittoresques take pride of place: dominated by sunshine, delightfully frisky rhythms and an early French Impressionist haze. Fed up of grey skies? Buy this disc and it’s already spring' (The Times)

'If you don't know Chabrier's piano music, then this is an ideal selection of his best (and best-known) works played with exactly the right amount of tenderness, Gallic wit, verve, and—the most important ingredient of all—charm' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Hewitt is in excellent form throughout … well worth it, I'd say' (Fanfare, USA)

'In terms of recording, performance, and production, another success for the Hewitt-Hyperion collaboration' (MusicWeb International)

'Perhaps Angela Hewitt's freshly minted, sharply honed interprestations will inspire recitalists to dust off these unsung treasures' (ClassicsToday.com)
The title of Caprice suggests a quick, bounding piece, but instead Chabrier gives us a strangely slow and declamatory work, with no apparent difficulties: written for a sight-reading competition, it is quite unlike any other work by Chabrier.

from notes by Jean-Paul Sévilla © 2006
English: Roland Smithers

Le titre de Caprice suggérerait une œuvre rapide, bondissante, mais au lieu de cela, nous avons une pièce lente et déclamée, étrange, sans difficultés apparentes (il aurait été écrit pour un concours de lecture à vue!) et sans équivalent dans les autres œuvres de Chabrier.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jean-Paul Sévilla © 2006

Der Titel Caprice läßt schnelle, springende Musik erwarten, doch statt dessen komponiert Chabrier hier ein seltsam langsames und deklamatorisches Stück, das keinerlei augenfällige Schwierigkeiten zu enthalten scheint. Chabrier schrieb es für einen Wettbewerb im Blattlesen, und es ähnelt keinem seiner anderen Werke.

aus dem Begleittext von Jean-Paul Sévilla © 2006
Deutsch: Bettina Reinke-Welsh

Other albums featuring this work

Chabrier: Piano Music
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