, August 2012
Cydalise et le chèvre-pied has a luminescence and compounded imagination beyond words. The Armand de Caillavet/Robert de Flers libretto is brilliantly scored through music using selected, emphasized instruments and distinct percussion. Pierené’s music dovetails alongside recognizable operas, symphonic poems and patterned rhythms of the times.
Never forgetting his roots, Pierné paid reverence to the Baroque Era by adding beautifully apportioned harpsichord in Act II; he also magnified the woodwinds by beefing up flutes and piccolos.
Cydalise has unquenchable pizzazz and textural shimmers of medieval overtones, and there is an uncanny sharpness and focus in [Pierné’s] music.
Timpani’s Cydalise et le chèvre-pied was awarded Record of the Year at the 2002 Midem (Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale) Awards in Cannes, France. The Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, under the direction of the late David Shallon, delivers a highly articulated formulation. The sound mix is superb…
Anyone desiring to reach beyond the traditional repertoire will want to grab hold of this CD. It is magnificent and unlike any other. © 2012 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review