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JEANNE BOVET
Swiss pianist (1917-2010)



One might be tempted to say Jeanne Bovet was born with a musical silver spoon in her mouth. Her pedigree is extensive and includes, in addition to a long relationship with Alfred Cortot, study with Yvonne Lefébure, Nadia Boulanger (with whom I had the pleasure of studying at the Conservatoire de Fontainebleau), the composers Stravinsky, Messiaen and Koechlin, and the conductor Charles Munch. 

Jeanne Bovet's Schumann is very interesting, and quite pleasing to me. Although I generally prefer my Schumann in the early and literary German Romantic style with a healthy dose of Teutonic moroseness, Eusebius and Florestan in proper proportion, this elegant French style of the generation of Cortot's students does both pianist and music credit. 

Her Scarlatti, on the other hand, I find disturbing. It is almost as though Jeanne Bovet did not take his music seriously enough to bother much about it, rather dashing off a recording of this and that to fill up a CD. If you want to hear Scarlatti, there are numerous performances in these pages that are quite wonderful. I encourage you to listen to Maria Tipo whose tone is akin to translucent pearls and whose interpretations elevate this music to the first rank. I also recommend Boris Bloch for a more modern approach, but equally exquisite.



Handel  Chaconne in G major, HWV 435




Bach  Partita 1 in B minor, BWV 825


i Prelude




ii Allemande




iii Courante




iv Sarabande




v Menuets I & II




vi Gigue




Bach  Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 836
[ from Book I of The Well Tempered Clavier ]


Prelude




Fugue




Bach  Sicilienne in G minor, BWV 1031 
[ transcribed by Wilhelm Kempff ]




Scarlatti  Keyboard Sonatas


in D minor, K 9 "Pastorale"




in B minor, K 27




in D minor, K 32




in D minor, K 64




in B minor, K 87




in C major, K 95




in A major, K 208




in F major, K 274




in E major, K 380




in B major, K 440




in D major, K 511




Schumann  Kinderszenen, Op 15

I Von Fremden Ländern und Menschen




II Kuriose Geschichte




III Hasche-Mann




IV Bittendes Kind




V Glückes genug




VI Wichtige begebenheit




VII Träumerei




VIII Am Kamin




IX Ritter vom Steckenpferd




X Fast zu ernst




XI Fürchtenmachen




XII Kind im Einschlummern




XIII Der Dichter spricht




Schumann  Waldszenen, Op 82


I Eintritt




II Jäger auf der Lauer




III Einsame Blumen




IV Verrufene Stelle




V Freundliche Landschaft




VI Herberge




VII Vogel als Prophet




VIII Jagdlied




IX Abschied




Brahms  Intermezzo in B minor, Op 117~2




Debussy  Children's Corner, L 113


I Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum




II Jimbo's Lullaby




III Serenade for the Doll




IV The Snow is Dancing




V The Little Shepherd




VI Golliwog's Cake-walk










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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