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Track(s) taken from CDA67037

Thème Varié, Op 97


Piers Lane (piano)
Recording details: December 1997
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Amanda Hurton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: October 1998
Total duration: 7 minutes 3 seconds

Cover artwork: View of a Mediterranean Port by Angelo Garino
Sotheby’s Picture Library


'Lively and sensitive performances make this a fine addition to the Saint-Saëns discography, aided by the pianist's own excellent annotations and Hyperion's usual peerless sound' (Fanfare, USA)

'Piers Lane plays with a blend of grace and expertise which makes light of the many challenges offered by music which tests any artist to the full. Every bar is sheer delight' (Musical Opinion)
The Thème Varié, Op 97 (1894) was written as a species of étude—it was composed as a test piece for a competition. It was dedicated to Ambroise Thomas, director of the Conservatoire and, incidently, brother-in-law of Caroline de Serres. After a brilliant introduction, a chorale theme is explored in five fairly free variations; the piece ends much by hammering home C major chords!

from notes by Piers Lane © 1998

Le Thème Varié, op. 97, de 1894 fut composé à titre de morceau imposé pour une compétition. Il est dédié à Ambroise Thomas, directeur du Conservatoire, et, accessoirement, beau-frère de Caroline de Serres. Après une introduction spectaculaire, un thème choral donne lieu à cinq variations d’esprit assez libre, et termine par un martèlement d’accords en do majeur!

extrait des notes rédigées par Piers Lane © 1998
Français: Sylvie Cappon

Das Thème varié op. 97 (1894) weil es als eine Art Etüde—als Probestück für einen Wettbewerb—komponiert wurde. Es ist Ambroise Thomas gewidmet, dem Direktor des Conservatoire, der zufällig auch der Schwager von Caroline de Serres war. Im Anschluß an eine brillante Einleitung wird in fünf relativ freien Variationen ein Choralthema erkundet, und das Ende fällt im Großen und Ganzen so aus mit gehämmerten C-Dur-Akkorden!

aus dem Begleittext von Piers Lane © 1998
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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