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Shani Diluka|The Proust Album

The Proust Album

Shani Diluka

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The early 2020s have brought several deep dives into French music from the beginning of the 20th century, and specifically into the world of Marcel Proust, partly due to the centenary of Proust's death in 2022. This one from pianist Shani Diluka focuses on music specifically mentioned and admired by Proust, much of it by composers with whom he had some personal connection. Primary among these is Reynaldo Hahn, likely his lover, represented by the elegant and rarely heard Piano Concerto in E major as well as some smaller works. But there are also Fauré, Debussy, Franck, Massenet, the almost completely obscure Elegie for piano, WWV 93, of Wagner, and the even rarer and only recently rediscovered Nocturno from the Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9, of Richard Strauss. There are Hahn pieces with spoken texts, and an imagined "Sonate de Vinteuil" for violin and piano, assembled from works by Hahn, Ysaÿe, and Cécile Chaminade. Despite the presence of the Hahn piano concerto, the mood has a salon-like intimacy, and Diluka catches the mood beautifully right from the beginning. Most of the pieces are moderate in tempo, making it a challenge to sustain interest, but her playing never becomes monotonous. Given that Gluck is represented in a transcription by Wilhelm Kempff, one wonders why Wagner or Strauss might not have been given the same treatment. But really this is a recording that will take anyone deeper into Proust's world.
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1
Concerto in E Major: I. Improvisation
00:12:11

Reynaldo Hahn, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Concerto in E Major: II. Danse
00:03:08

Reynaldo Hahn, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Concerto in E Major: III. Rêverie, Toccata et Finale
00:12:38

Reynaldo Hahn, Composer - Herve Niquet, Conductor - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist - Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Rêverie, CD 76, L. 68
00:03:53

Claude Debussy, Composer - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Premières valses: III. "Ninette"
00:00:44

Reynaldo Hahn, Composer - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist - Léopold Dauphin, Poet

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

6
La plainte d’ Orphée (Arranged for Piano by by Kempff)
00:03:14

Christoph Willibald Gluck, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Arranger - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

7
3 Songs, Op. 8: No. 1, "Au bord de l’eau"
00:02:15

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18, FWV 30: Prélude
00:03:34

Cesar Franck, Composer - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Nocturne - "Sonate de Vinteuil"
00:05:09

Reynaldo Hahn, Composer - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist - Pierre Fouchenneret, Violin, FeaturedArtist

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
2 Mazurkas de salon, Op. 10: No. 1 in G Major "Dans le lointain" - "Sonate de Vinteuil"
00:03:32

Eugene Ysaye, Composer - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist - Pierre Fouchenneret, Violin, FeaturedArtist

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Sérénade espagnole, Op. 150 - "Sonate de Vinteuil" (Arranged by Kreisler)
00:01:59

Cecile Chaminade, Composer - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist - Pierre Fouchenneret, Violin, FeaturedArtist

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

12
3 Romances sans paroles, Op. 17: No. 3 in A-Flat Major
00:02:36

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Elegie, WWV 93
00:01:29

Richard Wagner, Composer - Edwin Lemare, Transcriber - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9: VI. Nocturno
00:06:03

Richard Strauss, Composer - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Le Rossignol éperdu: No. 52, Hivernale (avec lecture d’un passage de "Contre Sainte-Beuve", Proust)
00:05:04

Reynaldo Hahn, Composer - Victor Hugo, Poet - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist - Guillaume Gallienne, Narrator, FeaturedArtist

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

16
3 Songs, Op. 23: No. 1 "Le berceaux" (Arranged for Solo Piano by Diluka)
00:02:20

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

17
10 Pièces de genre, Op. 10: No. 5, Mélodie (Élégie)
00:02:36

Jules Massenet, Composer - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

18
3 Songs, Op. 23: No. 3, "Le secret"
00:02:14

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

19
L’isle joyeuse, CD 109, L. 106
00:05:54

Claude Debussy, Composer - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

20
Le rossignol éperdu: No. 16, Les rêveries du prince Eglantine (avec lecture d’un passage de "A La Recherche du temps perdu", Proust) [Arranged by Kreisler]
00:06:13

Reynaldo Hahn, Composer - Victor Hugo, Poet - Shani Diluka, Piano, MainArtist - Guillaume Gallienne, Narrator, FeaturedArtist

© 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

The early 2020s have brought several deep dives into French music from the beginning of the 20th century, and specifically into the world of Marcel Proust, partly due to the centenary of Proust's death in 2022. This one from pianist Shani Diluka focuses on music specifically mentioned and admired by Proust, much of it by composers with whom he had some personal connection. Primary among these is Reynaldo Hahn, likely his lover, represented by the elegant and rarely heard Piano Concerto in E major as well as some smaller works. But there are also Fauré, Debussy, Franck, Massenet, the almost completely obscure Elegie for piano, WWV 93, of Wagner, and the even rarer and only recently rediscovered Nocturno from the Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9, of Richard Strauss. There are Hahn pieces with spoken texts, and an imagined "Sonate de Vinteuil" for violin and piano, assembled from works by Hahn, Ysaÿe, and Cécile Chaminade. Despite the presence of the Hahn piano concerto, the mood has a salon-like intimacy, and Diluka catches the mood beautifully right from the beginning. Most of the pieces are moderate in tempo, making it a challenge to sustain interest, but her playing never becomes monotonous. Given that Gluck is represented in a transcription by Wilhelm Kempff, one wonders why Wagner or Strauss might not have been given the same treatment. But really this is a recording that will take anyone deeper into Proust's world.
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