- Audio CD (Dec 2 2003)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Hyperion UK
- ASIN: B0000CE0YV
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,336 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|4. Poem Symphonique In D Minor Op. 37|
|5. Fantaisie-Ballet In B Flat Major Op. 6|
|6. Scherzo-Caprice In D Major Op. 25|
Pierne's Poem Symphonique recalls the Franck of Les Djinns, full of darkly dramatic gestures resolved by a triumphant conclusion. It's a very attractive work, as is the spirited Scherzo-Caprice, again with overtones of Saint-Saens and maybe Litolff as well. But there is a Faure-like lilt to this work, too, as there is in the early Fantaisie-Ballet.
Well, as my comments indicate, Pierne's music is not the last word in originality, but it is extremely well put together, very attractively orchestrated, and with writing for the piano that is beautifully idiomatic and virtuosic in a way that's never taxing to the listener--probably not the case for the pianist!
Speaking of pianists, all credit to Stephen Coombs, who has distinguished himself throughout Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series. He's a natural for this assignment, capturing Pierne's dash and brilliance to a T. Ronald Corp, usually heard in British music, conducts with verve as well, and the BBC Scottish Orchestra play with equal spirit and color. This disc deserves a place of honor among the entries in Hyperion's acclaimed series.
Highly recommended, and a very worthwhile addition to Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series.
This disc represents all of his works for piano and orchestra, all of which are early works. All of these works are a virtuosic tour-de-force with sparkling, lovely melodies superbly orchestrated. The performance by Stephan Coombs is first rate and he is ably supported by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. This is a disc that I liked on first hearing and was anxious to listen to again. Unfortunately for Pierne, he was so popular during his life that on his death he has been eclipsed. If one enjoys French music, Pierne is absolutely a necessary addition.