French Four-Hand PianoERNEST CHAUSSON (1855-1899): 2 Sonatines, Op. 2*, JOSEPH GUY ROPARTZ (1844-1955): 10 Petits Pièces*, JULES MASSENET (1842-1912): Pièces pour le Piano à 4 Mains, Suite #1, Op. 7*, CHARLES-VALENTIN ALKAN (1813-1888): Saltarelle, Op. 47, CÉCILE CHAMINADE (1857-1944): 3 Pièces romantiques, Op. 55, BENJAMIN GODARD (1845-1899): 2 morceaux, Op. 137*.
Catalogue Number: 09X037
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCN 0007
Description: Playing four-hands piano was both vital in the dissemination of music in the nineteenth century and also a popular domestic activity. The French composers recorded here span the Romantic century, from the salon charm of Chaminade and Massenet and the virtuosity of Alkan’s wild dance to the innocence of the family music-room in pieces by Chausson, Godard and Ropartz. The original 1853 Parisian Erard piano on which this recording was made combines warmth with bell-like clarity due to its straight stringing, allowing it to produce a surprising variety of appealing, expressive textures. Stephanie McCallum, Erin Helyard (1853 Erard piano).