Piano Music
Georgij Catoire

Piano Music

Marc-André Hamelin

CDH 55425 - 0034571154251

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Marc-André Hamelin adds another mystery name to his discography with this album of piano music of the almost unknown Russian Georgy Catoire (a French father explains the inauthentic-sounding surname). Catoire was one of a large number of composers who flourished in pre-Revolutionary Russia at the turn of the twentieth century, and his musical style is very much of that period. Primarily a miniaturist, most of his pieces can be described as mood pictures rather than as anything more abstract, his more sophisticated use of harmony giving his style a more cosmopolitan feel than some of his Russian contemporaries such as Liadov or Arensky. Perhaps he can best be compared to earlier Scriabin but without the neuroticism found in the latter’s work.

The modesty of Catoire’s output and its irrelevance to Bolshevik Russia have undoubtedly led to its neglect, but just as this music has attracted Marc-André Hamelin’s advocacy it will no doubt appeal to a new audience of listeners who can now rediscover it.

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Caprice, Op. 3
    04:01
  • 2
    Six morceaux, Op. 6
    V. Intermezzo
    04:09
  • 3
    Trois morceaux, Op. 2
    I. Chant intime
    01:40
  • 4
    Trois morceaux, Op. 2
    II. Loin du foyer
    01:59
  • 5
    Trois morceaux, Op. 2
    III. Soirée d'hiver
    04:34
  • 6
    Six morceaux, Op. 6
    II. Prélude
    01:35
  • 7
    Six morceaux, Op. 6
    III. Scherzo
    04:25
  • 8
    Vision, 'Étude', Op. 8
    03:45
  • 9
    Cinq morceaux, Op. 10
    I. Prélude
    02:14
  • 10
    Cinq morceaux, Op. 10
    II. Prélude
    02:46
  • 11
    Cinq morceaux, Op. 10
    III. Capriccioso
    02:17
  • 12
    Cinq morceaux, Op. 10
    IV. Rêverie
    04:19
  • 13
    Cinq morceaux, Op. 10
    V. Légende
    02:44
  • 14
    Quatre morceaux, Op. 12
    I. Chant du soir
    03:29
  • 15
    Quatre morceaux, Op. 12
    II. Méditation
    02:14
  • 16
    Quatre morceaux, Op. 12
    III. Nocturne
    04:11
  • 17
    Quatre morceaux, Op. 12
    IV. Étude fantastique
    03:08
  • 18
    Quatre préludes, Op. 17
    I. Poco allegro, sempre molto rubato
    01:41
  • 19
    Quatre préludes, Op. 17
    II. Con molto sentimento
    01:08
  • 20
    Quatre préludes, Op. 17
    III. Andante dramatico
    03:13
  • 21
    Quatre préludes, Op. 17
    IV. Andante
    01:46
  • 22
    Chants du crépuscule, 'Quatre morceaux pour piano', Op. 24
    I. En rêvant
    02:59
  • 23
    Chants du crépuscule, 'Quatre morceaux pour piano', Op. 24
    II. Capricciosamente
    02:06
  • 24
    Chants du crépuscule, 'Quatre morceaux pour piano', Op. 24
    III. Tranquillo
    03:08
  • 25
    Chants du crépuscule, 'Quatre morceaux pour piano', Op. 24
    IV. Poco agitato
    02:03
  • 26
    Quatre morceaux, Op. 34
    II. Poème
    03:01
  • 27
    Quatre morceaux, Op. 34
    III. Prélude
    00:49
  • 28
    Valse, Op. 36
    02:35