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Solo Piano - Released August 31, 2018 | ECM New Series

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Since the first composers started calling their works things like "nocturnes" or "serenades", there has been music designed specifically to evoke the dusk or the night. And then from the romantic period onward, the night began to become associated with worry, or even terror. Schumann's Phantasiestücke (1837) contain at least one nocturne movement in which the night is presented in a terroristic light (so to speak). In der Nacht, one of the great Schumannian moments, is concentrated into scarcely four minutes. Seventy years later, Ravel took the fear even further with Le Gibet, the central movement of Gaspard de la nuit – even more night – which tells of the gibbet where the hanged men twist gently to the sound of the night chimes; while Scarbo closes the triptych on the image of a nightmare dwarf. Finally, while Out of Doors by Bartók isn't necessarily all set at night, the fourth movement, The Night's Music, remains one of the most unsettling moments in all of piano literature. Born in Budapest in 1968, Dénes Várjon studied with György Kurtág and András Schiff. The winner of Liszt prizes as well as of Budapest's Géza Anda and Leo Weiner competitions, he has performed at the festivals of Salzburg, Lucerne, Davos and with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Zürich Tonhalle, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Kremerata Baltica. © SM/Qobuz
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Quartets - Released January 26, 2018 | La Dolce Volta

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Two years after its very well received recording of three Schumann quartets, Quatuor Hermès – created about ten years ago – is turning its attention to three staple French masterpieces: Ravel and Debussy’s quartets (two iconic figures of their − relatively young − generation who have been coupled on disc again and again, but who would complain?) surrounding Dutilleux’s quartet Ainsi la nuit (Thus the Night). Three very unique quartets, as each of their composers only wrote a single one. For the record, Debussy’s quartet still belongs to the 19th century as it was composed in 1893 in a language formally borrowing from Franck (even if the chord progressions already feel like classic Debussy), while Ravel’s inaugurates the 20th century in 1903 with Faurean notes in abundance… On the other hand, Dutilleux waited to achieve maturity (1976) to write his. An inescapable monument of 20th French chamber repertoire, played with finesse and transparency by Quatuor Hermès, cementing their place among the elite quartets of our time. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 27, 2017 | B Records

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This is with a touching document that begins this album devoted, for the most part, to Apollinaire’s poems put into music by Poulenc: the poet reading his own “Le Pont Mirabeau” during a reception at the Théâtre de l’Athénée in 1911. This is in this very theater that the baritone Stéphane Degout, accompanied at the piano by Cédric Tiberghien—also joined by flutist Matteo Cesari and cellist Alexis Descharmes on Ravel’s Chansons madécasses—delivers a nice handful of cycles of Poulenc’s melodies, that is to say Le Bestiaire, Calligrammes, Banalités and Quatre poèmes, the top of the composer’s art in this domain. The album concludes with Ravel and his Histoires naturelles. Degout and Tiberghien of course know of the recordings made by Poulenc himself at the piano with Pierre Bernac, but they soon realized that the notes of the composer on his own partitions—that are often of a meticulous precision—don’t really reflect what he himself took the liberty to do; hence their very free interpretation, a true reappropriation of the partition, which brings a whole new reading to the work. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 6, 2017 | Pavane Records

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Classical - Released June 16, 2017 | Warner Classics

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2017 brings the 50th anniversary (3rd June 1967) of the death of André Cluytens, the Belgian-born French conductor. While he is especially associated with France and with French music of the 19th and early 20th centuries, his recordings bear witness to his substantial international reputation and his command of an impressively wide repertoire. The set include many first-time releases. The producer of the set discovered a number of treasures in the Warner Classics archives, including unedited session tapes that have been carefully assembled for this release.
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Classical - Released June 16, 2017 | Warner Classics

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2017 brings the 50th anniversary (3rd June 1967) of the death of André Cluytens, the Belgian-born French conductor. While he is especially associated with France and with French music of the 19th and early 20th centuries, his recordings bear witness to his substantial international reputation and his command of an impressively wide repertoire. The set include many first-time releases. The producer of the set discovered a number of treasures in the Warner Classics archives, including unedited session tapes that have been carefully assembled for this release.
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Secular Vocal Music - Released April 28, 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Ballets - Released March 17, 2017 | harmonia mundi

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Concertos - Released June 3, 2014 | Ad Vitam records

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Solo Piano - Released April 1, 2014 | Ars Produktion

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Classical - Released October 25, 2013 | Deutsche Grammophon ECM

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Solo Piano - Released January 1, 1997 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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