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Composers: Masaé Gimbayashi-Barbotte
Performed by: Masaé Gimbayashi-Barbotte (piano)
Label: Plaza Mayor Company Ltd
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 23 April 2018

Masaé Gimbayashi-Barbotte releases her latest album, which sees her performing pieces from Chopin, Debussy, Harizanos, Bosc, Mozart as well as delivering a number of improvised tracks.

Gimbayashi-Barbotte (La Lune, Midsummer Nocturne) give us an interesting balance of pieces on this 16 track (1 hr, 12 min, 52 sec) recording. Sadly there were no detailed notes on why she chose these particular pieces. It's not overly important, but it would have been interesting to learn what each piece meant to her and the background to the improvisational pieces (what was she trying to covey through each of them?)

This is yet another wonderfully produced album with some interesting choices. Fans of the piano will cherish this beautiful release.

Track listing:

01 - Nocturne Op.32-1 Frédéric Chopin
02 - Nocturne Op.62-1 Frédéric Chopin
03 - Reflets dans l'eau (Images 1re série) Claude Debussy
04 - Hommage à Rameau (Images 1re série) Claude Debussy
05 - Mouvement ( Images 1re série ) Claude Debussy
06 - Three Landscapes op.110_1 Nickos Harizanos
07 - Three Landscapes op.110_2 Nickos Harizanos
08 - Three Landscapes op.110_3 Nickos Harizanos
09 - Premiers chrétiens op.228_1.Dolce pesante Michel Bosc
10 - Premiers chrétiens op.228_2.Tranquillo 9 Michel Bosc
11 - Premiers chrétiens op.228_3.Con fuoco Michel Bosc
12 - Fantaisie kv.475 W.A. Mozart
13 - Improvisation 1
14 - Improvisation 2
15 - Improvisation 3
16 - Improvisation 4


Darren Rea

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