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Cinq Morceaux, Op 10
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'Catoire: Piano Music' (CDA67090)
Catoire: Piano Music
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99 CDA67090  To be superseded by CDH55425  
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No 1: Prélude
Track 9 on CDA67090 [2'17] To be superseded by CDH55425
No 2: Prélude
Track 10 on CDA67090 [2'44] To be superseded by CDH55425
No 3: Capriccioso
Track 11 on CDA67090 [2'15] To be superseded by CDH55425
No 4: Rêverie
Track 12 on CDA67090 [4'22] To be superseded by CDH55425
No 5: Légende
Track 13 on CDA67090 [2'40] To be superseded by CDH55425

Cinq Morceaux, Op 10
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Dedicated ‘à mon ami G. Conus’—i.e., Georgy Conus, one of a noted generation of musical brothers—these five pieces form, in their own way, a counterpart both to Rachmaninov’s own Op 10—the seven Morceaux de salon of 1893/4—which Guthiel published in 1894, and the early sets of piano works by Scriabin. What places Catoire’s Op 10 on a similar level to these works is his use of thematic transformation. The opening Prélude announces a simple theme, but one whose simplicity is constantly spun into new aspects. The melodic germs which make up these ideas are further developed in quite unusual ways in each of the following pieces—the second, an effortlessly flowing Prélude, the brilliant Capriccioso in G sharp minor (a masterpiece), the nocturnal Réverie in A flat and the final impressionistic Légende in A major.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 1999

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