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Track(s) taken from CDA67028

Pièce, Op 39


Gary Hoffman (cello), Pascal Devoyon (piano)
Recording details: September 1997
La Galerie des Franciscains, Saint-Nazaire, France
Produced by Arnout Probst
Engineered by Tom Peeters
Release date: April 1998
Total duration: 6 minutes 58 seconds


'The opulent sound of this disc is ideal for Chausson … Philippe Graffin’s sensuous unforced tone sails above the texture … [he] gives a plangent account of the solo part, with something of that sense of freedom that Ysaÿe, the work’s sponsor, would certainly have conveyed … Neidich’s playing is quite remarkable for its breadth of expression in the Andante as well as for the extraordinarily brilliantly articulated Allegro. Hoffman and Devoyon are equally convincing in the beautiful, dreamy Pièce for cello and piano' (Gramophone)

'A particularly beautiful performance of the Poème by Graffin in the world premiere recording of the chamber version' (The Guardian)

'It is truly like hearing it for the first time, at least in this performance, which is far more than just technically superb' (American Record Guide)

'Philippe Graffin’s solo violin and Pascal Devoyon’s piano recreate music which, in Debussy’s words, "becomes the very feeling which inspires its emotion"' (The Times)

'[The Poème] is a delightful work, in free form, given a provocative, tenderly phrased and sympathetic performance by Graffin and the Chilingirian … charming collection, beautifully played' (Classic CD)

'A welcome successor to these artists' magnificent Hyperion [earlier Chausson recording] … the Piano Trio of 1881 receives a commanding performance—quite the finest I've heard' (Hi-Fi News)

'This is one of the most beautiful discs of chamber music I have ever heard. In every respect it is sheer perfection, the young French violinist, Philippe Graffin, playing with a passion you may be fortunate enough to hear once in your life' (Yorkshire Post)
For a long time the Opus 39 Pièce has been neglected, perhaps because of the simplicity of its title. It is a delicately worked, slow, contemplative elegy written with a refined sense of poetry, where the form is tinged with gentleness and the modulations are seamless. It dies away, morendo, like the sun setting on the horizon. Behind this apparent simplicity, however, Chausson subtly weaves the work into six sections, its broad rhythms and perfectly-judged sonorities intermingled with a craftsmanship that belies the art behind the art.

from notes by Jean Gallois © 1998
English: Celia Ballantyne

D’avoir été appelé simplement Pièce, l’opus 39 a longtemps pâti de cette trop grande modestie. On la redécouvre aujourd’hui: tant mieux. Car c’est une page délicatement ouvragée, douce élégie contemplative écrite avec un sens raffiné de la poésie, où la modalité se teinte de douceur, où les modulations se font sans heurts, par simple glissement, et qui s’en va, morendo, comme le soleil tombant le soir à l’horizon. Pourtant, derrière cette apparente simplicité, Chausson construit subtilement son œuvre: en six sections, aux élargissements rythmiques et sonores parfaitement dosés, intégrés avec un soin qui cache l’art par l’art même …

extrait des notes rédigées par Jean Gallois © 1998

Lange Zeit ignorierte man das Opus 39 Pièce, was eventuell auf seinen einfältigen Titel zurückführen ist. Es handelt sich um eine äußerst sorgfältig ausgearbeitete, langsame und besinnliche Elegie, mit einem besonderen Gespür für die Dichtung, in welcher die Gestalt in einen Mantel der Sanftheit gehüllt ist und die Modulationen nahtlos ineinander übergehen. Es kommt zur Ruhe, morendo, so wie die Sonne hinter dem Horizont verschwindet. Hinter dieser scheinbaren Einfachheit schafft Chausson jedoch ein Werk mit einer raffinierten sechsteiligen Struktur, wobei die breiten Rhythmen und die perfekt abgestimmte Klangfülle sich mit einer Kunstfertigkeit vermischen, die über die eigentliche Kunst dieses Werkes hinwegtäuscht.

aus dem Begleittext von Jean Gallois © 1998
Deutsch: Michael Stoffl

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