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Pianist, chamber musician, and educator Cicilia Yudha presents her Navona Records release Selected Piano Works by Robert Casadesus and Henri Dutilleux, featuring her expertise as a solo pianist, as well as the exploration of the compositions of Robert Casadesus...
Pianist Cicilia Yudha performs music by composers Robert Casadesus and Henri Dutilleux. I love discovering new classical composers and their work and was interested to hear how Cicilia would interpret Casadesus and Dutilleux's work (which I have to admit I'm not as familiar with as I perhaps should be).
The opening piece, 'Sonata No. 3, Op. 44', has an energetic and rhythmically exciting first movement followed by a vibrant second movement, which exhibits a slow and reflective texture. ' Toccata, Op. 40' sees Casadesus, prolific 20th–century composer, pushing this baroque style forward.
The three pieces 'Blackbird', 'Au gré des ondes', and 'Sonate pour piano' demonstrate the works of Henri Dutilleux, more often known for composing for orchestra, delving here into solo piano music. ' Blackbird' is brief and was written more as a student piece, yet it is still an interesting interlude that also seems to address Dutilleux’s love for birds. 'Au gré des ondes' is a collection of six short pieces that originally acted as interludes for French Radio. Each piece provides a new and exciting character to the larger work, such as the scherzando feel in 'Claquettes'. The final piece on the recording 'Sonate pour piano' is Yudha’s conception of Dutilleux’s real affirmation for the piano.
The album contains 14 tracks (1 hr, 02 min, 12 sec) and is not only an essential purchase for fans of piano recitals, but also for classical music lovers everywhere.
SONATA No. 3, Op. 44
05 - BLACKBIRD
AU GRÉ DES ONDES: 6 PETITES PIÉCES POUR PIANO (ALONG THE WAVES: 6 LITTLE PIECES FOR PIANO)
SONATE POUR PIANO