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Stephen Wright
American Record Guide, September 2015

Pianist Olivier Chauzu uses ample pedal, as he should, yet the individual parts of Samazeuilh’s typically three-layered compositions are heard clearly—credit of course to the composer as well, who writes expertly for his instrument. The [piano] sounds good, with rich bass, and it’s a studio recording with some reverb, not too close. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Scott Noriega
Fanfare, September 2015

Olivier Chauzu…proves a fine guide to this too little played music. When he’s on, he plays with a reckless abandon that is both welcomed and exciting. He has a beautifully rounded sound quality in even the loudest of passages and his technical prowess is always in evidence.

…this CD will not disappoint. Chauzu has done us a favor collecting all of this music. Now do yourself one: Grab it and listen! © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




Pianiste Magazin, July 2015

[This music] requires power, virtuosity, color and a subtlety of timbre as well as expert precision with all the pitfalls of high velocity. Olivier Chauzu brings all of these qualities together with a beautiful and instinctive sense of musicality and poetry. © 2015 Pianiste Magazin



John France
MusicWeb International, June 2015

[Olivier Chauzu’s] playing on this present CD is sensitive and presents a huge range of musical colour in Gustave Samazeuilh’s largely impressionistic, but often romantic, piano works.

This is altogether a must-have CD for all enthusiasts of French piano music in general and impressionistic music in particular. I enjoyed every bar of music on this disc: the works and the playing are excellent throughout and demand out attention and respect. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Fran├žois Laurent
Diapason, June 2015

The French pianist [Olivier Chauzu] …lends a dreamy quality to the pages of Samazeuilh… © 2015 Diapason



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, May 2015

The music on this album is inspired, well-crafted and played extraordinarily well by Chauzu. Some are quite difficult and demanding for the pianist, all are poetic and very luminous, each in its own way.

Recommended! © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2015

Before I take you through the contents of the disc, may I beg all of those who love the music of Debussy and Ravel to buy this disc of works by Gustave Samazeuilh. Born into a wealthy French family who played hosts to the great composers of the day—including Chausson, Faure, d’Indy and Debussy—Gustave was a gifted young pianist with an ability for transcribing orchestral works for piano. It found him employment in publishing houses, while at the same time he became an influential music critic. His compositions are modest in number, the present disc containing his complete scores for solo piano. We begin, chronologically, in 1902, when he was twenty-five, with the six movements of the Piano Suite, a score that looks back to French composers of the Classical era, as if seen through the eyes of Debussy. With titles such as Sarabande, Musette and Forlane, the shape of the work is determined, and the delightful content comes with a charm created by subtle nuances. Two years later the Chanson a ma poupee (Song to my doll) was to form part of a collection of works by various composers for the enjoyment of the ‘young and old’. From around the same period the Trois Petites Inventions are quite short and offer an outgoing show of technical brilliance. Go forward another six years to Naiades au soir (Naiads at nightfall) and we are into the shimmering world of Debussy. It was at the conclusion of the First World War that he completed Le Chant de la mer, and, as with Debussy’s La Mer, it is a trilogy of sea pictures. The similarity continues in the mood of the each movement, turbulence taking over in the finale, where the performer is faced with formidable challenges. Here, and throughout the disc, Olivier Chauzu is the superb and a highly responsive soloist. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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