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Bryce Morrison
Gramophone, May 2014

Following five issues of Roussel’s orchestral music, Naxos now gives us the first of a three-volume set of the piano music…Roussel was championed by two great French pianists, Robert Casadesus in the Trois Pièces, Op 49, and Alfred Cortot, who conducted the first performances of the early orchestral works, but even they could hardly have made a finer case for the composer than Jean-Pierre Armengaud, whose rich experience is reflected in well-recorded performances of outstanding vitality and expertise. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Philip R Buttall
MusicWeb International, March 2014

Armengaud is very well recorded, with an excellent piano sound, highly-accomplished playing and idiomatic sense of style. It scores significantly as far as track selection and ordering go, complemented by comprehensive and informative sleeve-notes. As a ‘taster’ it’s ideal, and is a self-contained insight into Roussel’s pianism. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Jeff Simon
The Buffalo News, January 2014

You’d think Albert Roussel (1869–1937) would have had a far greater impact on the world of international performance than he has. At the Schola Cantorum in Paris, he taught counterpoint to Satie and Varese (a fact which must have indicated an inner rebel somewhere). He lived in a house at Vasterival, in a landscape that Monet, Pisarro and Renoir loved to paint and where Debussy loved to hang out. His piano music here is absolutely fascinating for music that has had so little prominence outside France. Included here are pieces from all Roussel eras—the early Sonatine, the neoclassic late period “Trois Pieces” Op 49 and “Prelude and Fugue” Op 46, which have a nice relationship to jazz. It’s grand to hear such an influential composer in the beginning of a piano music cycle performed so well here by Jean-Pierre Armengaud. © 2014 The Buffalo News




Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, January 2014

Armengaud has a long discography surveying French piano literature of the late 19th and early 20th Century. He makes a convincing case for Roussel’s piano music and is able to help navigate the shifts from 19th Century Romanticism and Impressionism into Modernist and Expressionist flavors…this collection of pieces is a worthy addition for those interested in further exploring [Roussel’s] music…The more formal canon and fugue works are especially interesting historically while the larger pieces provide interesting windows into Roussel’s development as a composer. © 2014 Cinemusical Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, December 2013

There are no clinker pieces on this disk. Everything is very well imagined and executed, even the earlier works. Jean-Pierre Armengaud has the drive and pianistic poeticism to make these performances sound in a way Roussel no doubt would have approved. The man who taught Satie and Varese had his own way. You can hear that quite nicely on this Volume One.

Definitely recommended. © 2013 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2013

Though Albert Roussel was a prolific composer in every genre, he was to write little for solo piano, this being the first disc in his complete works for the instrument. Intended for children, ‘young and old’, the short lullaby, Conte a la poupee (Doll’s Tale) is an early work…Jumping forward four years to 1908, we have the incidental music to Le Marchand de sable qui passe…Later orchestrated, its content comes in direct descent from Debussy and Ravel, but shows a restraint in the use of tonal colours. Another four years forward, and we have the academic rectitude of the Petit Canon perpetuel, and one of his major keyboard works, the Sonatine. Here we find him shaking off the influence of his famous French predecessors, the music becoming abstract as a degree of atonality enters into the general texture. Completing the disc, we have three works from his last period, Trois Pieces being the most extended. Here we find Roussel bringing together and distilling those diverse elements we have heard…the soloists…in the much experienced hands of Jean-Pierre Armengaud…make for a highly satisfying release that is very well recorded. © 2013 David’s Review Corner






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