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Chants du crépuscule, Op 24

'Catoire: Piano Music' (CDA67090)
Catoire: Piano Music
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No 1: En rêvant
Track 22 on CDA67090 [3'01] Archive Service
No 2: Capricciosamente
Track 23 on CDA67090 [2'04] Archive Service
No 3: Tranquillo
Track 24 on CDA67090 [3'06] Archive Service
No 4: Poco agitato
Track 25 on CDA67090 [2'02] Archive Service

Chants du crépuscule, Op 24
By the time of the composition of these Songs of Twilight, circa 1910, Catoire was entirely his own master. The first, curiously without a tempo indication but marked impressionistically ‘sempre rubato’, maintains both the familiar tripartite structure and upward modulation of Catoire’s shorter piano pieces. It is distinguished by the fluent juxtaposition of three-against-two quavers. The second, Capricciosamente, is quite chromatic and builds to a remarkable central climax before a long coda eventually winds the piece to a tranquil major ending. Tranquillity describes the nature of the third piece, based upon another rather Chopinesque falling theme, which, in the central section, is inverted before the recapitulation, which further develops the initial idea. The concluding song, although marked ‘Poco agitato’, is a summation of aspects of the preceding three, but its central section is more dramatic and elemental. The ending, with an idea quietly repeated in the bass, is both simple and magical.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 1999

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Details for CDA67090 track 25
Poco agitato
Recording date
11 November 1998
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner & Mike Dutton
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  1. Catoire: Piano Music (CDA67090)
    Disc 1 Track 25
    Release date: November 1999
    Deletion date: March 2010
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