2017-07-09 18:54:59 UTC
Vierne’s Op.42 Piano Quintet ( 1917-1918 ) , my first hearing.Wow ; a must -hear, IMHO.
Recording OOP ? Performers: Anne Robert (violin), Marcelle Mallette (violin), Neal Gripp (viola), Elizabeth Dolin (cello), Jamie Parker (piano) - Year of recording: 1994 . Label not given. Several other cd’s currently available , any recommendations ? TIA.
From the YT poster :
“ Vierne's Piano Quintet is inspired by one of the many sorrowful trials that he was subjected to throughout his life; the death of one of his sons (the only surviving) killed in action in November 1917. Written in early 1918 in a fit of feverish activity, the composer pours out all his despair, anguish and bitterness, and yet the work also has a streak of tenderness that lays bare all the superb fatherly qualities of this extraordinary artist. Vierne confided to a friend that he was ‘ …building a votive offering, a Quintet of vast proportions, to convey the inspiration born of my tenderness and my child’s tragic death. ‘ “
If you liked the Quintet, you may like the Cello Sonata,too, again first hearing for me.
The Cello Sonata, Op.27 ( 1910-1911 ) , very nice slow mov. :
From the YT poster : “ Strong self-control, tightly held formal reins, magnificent melodic ideas (with the secondary theme of the sonata-form Allegro moderato movement being just as French as it could possibly be!), and at the most an echo of the contemporaneous tragedy in the harsh Molto largamente(with this exercising not the slightest bit of lachrymose influence even on the slow introduction) – this discipline, never overly insistent or ostentatious, is what lends the remarkable score its classical balance.”
Performed by Peter Bruns (cello) and Annegret Kuttner (piano) ). OOP recording ?
If you liked the Quintet, may like the Preludes, too , although not at the same level of compositional inspiration as the Quintet or Cello Sonata. My first hearing of the music and pianist .
12 Préludes, Op.36 (1914 - 1915) , Georges Delvallee, pianist :
Interesting, worth a re-hearing,organ-like at times. Nos.7,11,3 the gems for me.
The Arion cd :
From the YT poster :
“Despite his contributions to many genres, including a symphony, songs, chamber music and several piano cycles, in the music world Louis Vierne is mainly famous as one of the eminent representatives of the French organ school, and in this field he was praised as a performer and a composer alike. It is remarkable that Vierne was almost blind from childhood (completely blind in later years) and received his initial training at the Institute of the Blind in Paris. Later, his teachers included César Franck and Charles-Marie Widor, whose specific organ style he continued in a consistent tradition. His most important position was that of a titular organist at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which he held for almost four decades. There is even rare film footage showing him at his instrument there. As an important teacher at the Paris Conservatoire and the Schola Cantorum, he strongly influenced the following generation. In 1937, Vierne died of heart failure in Notre Dame during his 1,750th concert (of cerebral apoplexy, according to his pupil and assistant Maurice Duruflé).
With his Twelve Preludes for Piano op. 36 (1914/15), Vierne expressly positions himself next to Debussy, whose 24 preludes written between 1909 and 1913 were certainly known to him. Whereas the latter are considered exemplary key works of Impressionism, in his pieces Vierne only opens himself up to the new world of sound with reservations. To a much greater extent, he follows the virtuoso prelude of the Romantic period, influenced by Chopin, and subsequent style-forming piano composers such as Liszt, Brahms or Grieg. Following the summer of 1914 and parallel to the first year of the First World War, the external events immediately affecting Vierne’s French homeland, found no expression in these pieces. “