“Doyen: Music From France”
|Alexis Emmanuel Chabrier||
|Frédéric François Chopin||
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23,
Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47,
Variations on Mozart's 'La ci darem la mano' in B flat major, Op. 2 (Don Giovanni variations),
Waltz No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70 No. 1.
|Claude Achille Debussy||
Images pour piano – Book 1,
Poissons d'or (No. 3 from Images pour piano – Book 2).
|Gabriel Urbain Fauré||Barcarolle No. 2 in G major Op. 41.|
Three Concert Studies, S144/R5: Un lamento; La leggierezza; Un sospiro,
Two Concert Studies, S145/R6: Gnomenreigen; Waldesrauschen.
|Maurice Ravel||Gaspard de la Nuit.|
|Charles Camille Saint-Saëns||Wedding Cake – Valse-Caprice for piano & strings, Op. 76.|
|Yevgeny Sudbin||À la minute (a paraphrase on Chopin’s Waltz in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1).|
Jean Doyen (Piano).
Jean Doyen is perhaps the archetypal French pianist. Taught by Louis Diemer and Marguerite Long, he went on to become the second longest serving piano professor in the Paris Conservatoire’s history and largely dedicated his career to his homeland. In addition, his repertoire centered on the French classics, with Chopin also taking pride of place. His early recordings reveal a spectacular technique coupled with generous musicality and expression – it’s no wonder he was chosen for this premiere recording of Ravel’s ‘Gaspard de la nuit’. His Chopin Op 2 Variations and the complete Book 1 of Debussy’s Images are also recording firsts, but for sheer virtuoso exhilaration, his rare Sonabel album of Chabrier’s Espana is hard to beat. Surprisingly, none of these marvelous performances have previously been reissued.