21 Jul 2013

Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937)

From Composer of the Week, 9:15 am on 21 July 2013
Gabriel Pierné

Gabriel Pierné Photo: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

 

Pierné is one of those composers whose popularity in their own lifetimes is not reflected by their recognition now.

For some, it has meant that they were overlooked while alive, but posthumously revered.

For Pierné, it’s the opposite.

A French, turn-of-the-century composer, who wrote in many genres and whose output far outstripped Ravel’s: in his lifetime, a respected organist, composer and conductor. Michael Stewart takes a look at his musical achievements.

Music Details

PIERNÉ: Cydalise et le chèvre-pied - Collège Vocal of Metz Cathedral, Luxembourg Phil (Timpani 1C 1059)
PIERNÉ: Impromptu-Caprice Op 9 - Susan Drake (harp) (Hyperion CDA 66340)
PIERNÉ: Prelude in G minor Op 29/1 - Stanislas Deriemaeker (org) (NCRV 9089)
PIERNÉ: Étude de Concert, Op13 - Jacqueline Schweitzer (pno) (Entr’acte ESCD 6505)
DEBUSSY: Iberia, Par les rues et par les chemins - LSO/ Pierre Monteux (Philips 420 392)
PIERNÉ: Paysages franciscains Op 43 - Loire Phil/ Pierre Dervaux (EMI CDM 7 63950)
PIERNÉ: Overture, Ramuntcho Suite No 1 - Lorraine Philharmonic Orchestra (BIS CD 381)
PIERNÉ: Voyage au Pays du Tendre - Vanessa McKeand (harp), Carol Wincenc (fl), members of Allegri String Quartet (Virgin VC 7 90721)
PIERNÉ: Voyage au Pays du Tendre - Vanessa McKeand (harp), Carol Wincenc (fl), members of Allegri String Quartet (Virgin VC 7 90721)