Tailleferre: Chamber Music and Piano Music

Tailleferre: Chamber Music and Piano Music
Composer Germaine Tailleferre
Artist Christina Ariagno piano
Massimo Marin violin
Manuel Zigante cello
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 9012
EAN code 5029365901222
Release November 2008

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About this release

Germaine Tailleferre (1892–1983) was born near Paris, the youngest of five children. She showed a remarkable talent at an early age for improvising at the piano. Although her lower middle class parents wanted her to seek paid employment, she succeeded in her goal of studying at the Conservatoire. There she decided to devote herself to composition, and soon came to attention of Erik Satie.

She became a member of the group of young composers called ‘Le group des Six’. Under the guidance of Satie, the young Poulenc, Milhaud, Honegger, Auric, Durey and Tailleferre gave concerts of their compositions. She went on to study with Koechlin, became a friend of Ravel, and her music was performed by artists such as Cortot, Thibaud, and Rubinstein. She moved between New York and Paris, socialising in the same circles as Chaplin and the new stars of Hollywood.

This release covers her compositional career from the early period of 1912-20 where she shows clear influences of Faure and Debussy, through to the 1930-50 period when her mature voice as a composer was truly established. The sonatina of 1973 is a remarkably fresh work, justifying Milhaud’s comment ‘Germaine Tailleferre’s music is always twenty years old’.

Other information:
- Recorded 2000 & 2001.
- A valuable release of music by one of the 20th century’s most fascinating musical figures.
- Cristina Ariagno has also recorded the complete piano music of Satie for Brilliant Classics.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Impromptu (1912)
  2. Romance (1913)
  3. Pas trop vite (1914)
  4. Pastorale in D Major (1919)
  5. Hommage à Debussy (1920)
  6. Très vite (1920)
  7. Pastorale in A-Flat Major (1928)
  8. Sicilienne (1928)
  9. Pastorale in C Major (1929)
  10. Fleurs de France (1930): I. Jasmin de Provence
  11. Fleurs de France (1930): II. Coquelicot de Guyenne
  12. Fleurs de France (1930): III. Rose d’Anjou
  13. Fleurs de France (1930): IV. Tournesol du Languedoc
  14. Fleurs de France (1930): V. Anthémis du Roussillon
  15. Fleurs de France (1930): VI. Lavandin de Haute-Provence
  16. Fleurs de France (1930): VII. Volubilis du Béarn
  17. Fleurs de France (1930): VIII. Bleuet de Picardie
  18. Chiens (1931)
  19. Pastorale Inca (1931)
  20. Au pavillon d’Alsace (1937)
  21. Bretagne (1940)
  22. Larghetto (1946)
  23. Valse lente (1948)
  24. Fugue du parapluie (1950)
  25. Partita pour piano (1957): Perpetuum mobile (Allegretto)
  26. Partita pour piano (1957): Notturno (Andantino)
  27. Partita pour piano (1957): Allegramente (Allegro)

Disk 2

  1. Trio pour piano, violon et violoncelle (1916–17, rev. 1978): I. Allegro animato
  2. Trio pour piano, violon et violoncelle (1916–17, rev. 1978): II. Allegro vivace
  3. Trio pour piano, violon et violoncelle (1916–17, rev. 1978): III. Moderato
  4. Trio pour piano, violon et violoncelle (1916–17, rev. 1978): IV. Très animé
  5. Berceuse pour violon et piano (1913)
  6. Sonate No. 1 pour violon et piano (1921): I. Modéré sans lenteur
  7. Sonate No. 1 pour violon et piano (1921): II. Scherzo
  8. Sonate No. 1 pour violon et piano (1921): III. Assez lent
  9. Sonate No. 1 pour violon et piano (1921): IV. Final: Très vite
  10. Adagio pour violon et piano (1924)
  11. Pastorale pour violon et piano (1942)
  12. Sonate No.2 pour violon et piano (1946): I. Allegro non troppo
  13. Sonate No.2 pour violon et piano (1946): II. Adagietto
  14. Sonate No.2 pour violon et piano (1946): III. Final: Allegro
  15. Sonatine pour violon et piano (1973): I. Moderato
  16. Sonatine pour violon et piano (1973): II. Andantino
  17. Sonatine pour violon et piano (1973): III. Allegro, gaiement