Jean-Pierre Armengaud (piano)
Albert Roussel forged a unique musical identity in his music and remains one of the most intriguing and influential of French composers. In this first of three volumes of his complete piano music one can hear his originality as early as the Sonatine Op 16, composed in 1912 where fantasy and atmospheric colour are prominent. Le Marchand de sable qui passe (The Sandman) Op 13 is incidental music written for a verse play where the influence of Debussy and Wagner can sometimes be felt. Roussel's last creative phase, represented by Trois Pieces Op 49, reveals his incisive wit, concern for rhythmic vitality and even jazzy turns of phrase.
Roussel Sonatine Op 16, Le Marchand de sable qui passe Op 13, Trois Pieces Op 49, Prelude et Fugue Op 46, Doute, Petit Canon Perpetuel, L'Accueil des Muses, Segovia Op 29, Conte a la poupee
Running Time: 1 hr 4 min