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Georgij Catoire

Marc-André Hamelin

Piano Music

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  • Type CD
  • Label Helios
  • UPC 0034571154251
  • Catalog number CDH 55425
  • Release date 12 September 14

About the album

Marc-André Hamelin adds another mystery name to his discography with this album of piano music of the almost unknown Russian Georgy Catoire (a French father explains the inauthentic-sounding surname). Catoire was one of a large number of composers who flourished in pre-Revolutionary Russia at the turn of the twentieth century, and his musical style is very much of that period. Primarily a miniaturist, most of his pieces can be described as mood pictures rather than as anything more abstract, his more sophisticated use of harmony giving his style a more cosmopolitan feel than some of his Russian contemporaries such as Liadov or Arensky. Perhaps he can best be compared to earlier Scriabin but without the neuroticism found in the latter’s work.

The modesty of Catoire’s output and its irrelevance to Bolshevik Russia have undoubtedly led to its neglect, but just as this music has attracted Marc-André Hamelin’s advocacy it will no doubt appeal to a new audience of listeners who can now rediscover it.

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    1
    Caprice, Op. 3
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    04:01
  • 1
    2
    Six morceaux, Op. 6 V. Intermezzo
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    04:09
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    Trois morceaux, Op. 2 I. Chant intime
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    01:40
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    4
    Trois morceaux, Op. 2 II. Loin du foyer
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    01:59
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    5
    Trois morceaux, Op. 2 III. Soirée d'hiver
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    04:34
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    Six morceaux, Op. 6 II. Prélude
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    01:35
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    7
    Six morceaux, Op. 6 III. Scherzo
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    04:25
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    8
    Vision, 'Étude', Op. 8
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    03:45
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    Cinq morceaux, Op. 10 I. Prélude
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    02:14
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    Cinq morceaux, Op. 10 II. Prélude
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    02:46
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    Cinq morceaux, Op. 10 III. Capriccioso
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    02:17
  • 1
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    Cinq morceaux, Op. 10 IV. Rêverie
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    04:19
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    Cinq morceaux, Op. 10 V. Légende
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    02:44
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    Quatre morceaux, Op. 12 I. Chant du soir
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    03:29
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    Quatre morceaux, Op. 12 II. Méditation
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    02:14
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    Quatre morceaux, Op. 12 III. Nocturne
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    04:11
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    Quatre morceaux, Op. 12 IV. Étude fantastique
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    03:08
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    Quatre préludes, Op. 17 I. Poco allegro, sempre molto rubato
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    01:41
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    Quatre préludes, Op. 17 II. Con molto sentimento
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    01:08
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    Quatre préludes, Op. 17 III. Andante dramatico
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    03:13
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    Quatre préludes, Op. 17 IV. Andante
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    01:46
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    22
    Chants du crépuscule, 'Quatre morceaux pour piano', Op. 24 I. En rêvant
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    02:59
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    Chants du crépuscule, 'Quatre morceaux pour piano', Op. 24 II. Capricciosamente
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    02:06
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    Chants du crépuscule, 'Quatre morceaux pour piano', Op. 24 III. Tranquillo
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    03:08
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    Chants du crépuscule, 'Quatre morceaux pour piano', Op. 24 IV. Poco agitato
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    02:03
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    Quatre morceaux, Op. 34 II. Poème
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    03:01
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    Quatre morceaux, Op. 34 III. Prélude
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    00:49
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    Valse, Op. 36
    Composer: Georgij Catoire
     
    02:35

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