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Suite de Piano
composer
on themes from the ballet Callirhoë, Op 37

Recordings
'Chaminade: Piano Music, Vol. 1' (CDH55197)
Chaminade: Piano Music, Vol. 1
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55197  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 3 – Chaminade & Saint-Saëns' (APR5533)
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 3 – Chaminade & Saint-Saëns
APR5533  Download only  
Details
No 1: Air de Ballet
Track 3 on CDH55197 [1'53] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 3: Pas des Écharpes
Track 2 on APR5533 [1'34] Download only

Suite de Piano
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Callirhoë is an ‘Air de Ballet’ presumably extracted from Chaminade’s orchestral ballet of the same name. I have been unable to establish whether the scenario relates to the mythological Callirhoë, the wife of Alcmaeon, whose lover Zeus caused her infant sons to grow instantly into men to avenge her husband’s murder; or Callirhoë the virgin of Calydon, who was vainly wooed by a Priest of Dionysus. Nor does it matter: the piano piece clearly has nothing to do with Ancient Greece. This is a giddy little polka in G major, not far removed from the atmosphere of the Folies bergères – yet also an instance of exploratory pianism, taking over Liszt’s notational innovation of two notes on a single bifurcated stem to accommodate the giggling crushed semitones which so naughtily spice up the harmony.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 1992

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Details for CDH55197 track 3
Air de Ballet
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-92-58403
Duration
1'53
Recording date
25 June 1991
Recording venue
St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mike Skeet
Recording engineer
Mike Skeet
Hyperion usage
  1. Chaminade: Piano Music, Vol. 1 (CDA66584)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: April 1992
    Deletion date: July 2004
    Superseded by CDH55197
  2. Chaminade: Piano Music, Vol. 1 (CDH55197)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: October 2005
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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