034571170374

Saint-saens: The Complete Etudes

Piers Lane

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Format: CD

Cat No: CDA67037

Release Date:  01 October 1998

Label:  Hyperion Records Ltd

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  034571170374

Genres:  Classical  Solo Instrumental  

  • Description

    It is a bit of a mystery why Saint-Saens's enjoyable etudes are not better known. Perhaps it is their extreme awkwardness which deters pianists—these works are prime examples of a peculiarly French school of finger technique which requires absolute independence and equality for each digit, making no concession whatsoever to the weaker fingers or the shape of the hand. The Opp 52 and 111 sets of etudes each end with a barn-storming show-stopper, 'En forme de Valse' and 'Toccata d'après le 5e Concerto' respectively. The left-hand etudes are perhaps less demanding, but nonetheless require a particular clarity and precision, being in essence a pastiche Baroque suite. The Thème Varie, fundamentally a compendium of pianistic challenges, was written as a test piece for the Paris Conservatoire.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Six Etudes Op 52: No. 1 Prelude: Con bravura
      • 2. Six Etudes Op 52: No. 2 Pour l'independence des doigts: Andantino malinconico
      • 3. Six Etudes Op 52: No. 3 Prelude et Fugue en fa mineur - Prelude: Allegro
      • 4. Six Etudes Op 52: No. 3 Prelude et Fugue en fa minuer - Fugue: Animato
      • 5. Six Etudes Op 52: No. 4 Etude de rythme: Andantino
      • 6. Six Etudes Op 52: No. 5 Prelude et Fugue en la mineur - Prelude: Allegro moderato
      • 7. Six Etudes Op 52: No. 5 Prelude et Fugue en la mineur - Fugue: Moderato
      • 8. Six Etudes Op 52: No. 6 En forme de Valse: Mouvement de Valse
      • 9. Six Etudes Op 111: No. 1 Tierces majeures et mineures: Allegretto
      • 10. Six Etudes Op 111: No. 2 Traits chromatiques: Allegretto
      • 11. Six Etudes Op 111: No. 3 Prelude et Fugue - Prelude: Moderato agitato
      • 12. Six Etudes Op 111: No. 3 Prelude et Fugue - Fugue: Moderato espressivo
      • 13. Six Etudes Op 111: No. 4 Les cloches de Las Palmas: Andantino
      • 14. Six Etudes Op 111: No. 5 Tierces majeures chromatiques: Vivace
      • 15. Six Etudes Op 111: No. 6 Toccata d'apres le 5e Concerto: Molto Allegro
      • 16. Six Etudes pour la main gauche seule Op 135: No. 1 Prelude: Allegretto moderato
      • 17. Six Etudes pour la main gauche seule Op 135: No. 2 Alla fuga: Allegro non troppo
      • 18. Six Etudes pour la main gauche seule Op 135: No. 3 Moto perpetuo: Allegretto - doux et tranquille
      • 19. Six Etudes pour la main gauche seule Op 135: No. 4 Bourree: Molto allegro
      • 20. Six Etudes pour la main gauche seule Op 135: No. 5 Elegie: Poco adagio
      • 21. Six Etudes pour la main gauche seule Op 135: No. 6 Gigue: Presto
      • 22. Theme Varie Op 97