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REINE GIANOLI (1915-1979)
French pianist



Reine Gianoli, another of the wonderful women pianists of the 20th century, was a pupil of the great Alfred Cortot.  She also studied with Lazare Lévy, Yves Nat and Edwin Fischer.  What a formation!

While her recordings of Ravel and Debussy are unimpeachable, she had a special affinity for the germanic composers, Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and especially Schumann. The performances of the Chopin Waltzes are also particularly lovely, perhaps benefitting from the subtle Viennese lilt she accords them.

Reine Gianoli was celebrated for her performances of the piano music of Schumann which she recorded in its entirety in 1974.  Her's is wonderful Schumann, unhurried, thoughtful, sensitive.  I promise you will hear things you have not heard before even in music you thought you knew by heart.



Bach  English Suite 2 in A minor, BWV 807

Prelude - 05:04 ➢ Allemande - 08:37 ➢ Courante
10:31 ➢ Sarabande - 14:19 ➢ Bourrée I & II - 17:04 ➢ Gigue




Bach  French Suite 6 in E major, BWV 817

Allemande - 02:10 ➢ Courante - 03:46 ➢ Sarabande - 06:55 ➢ Gavotte
08:15 ➢ Polonaise - 09:45 ➢ Menuet - 10:55 ➢ Bourrée - 12:21 ➢ Gigue




Bach Toccata in D minor, BWV 913

recorded in 1951




Bach-Busoni: Chaconne in D minor, BWV 1004

recorded in 1050




Mozart  Fantasia in C minor, K 396

recorded c.1947




Mozart  Rondo in A minor, K 511

recorded c.1947




Mozart  Piano Sonata in C major, K 279

i Allegro
05:38 ➢ ii Andante
10:45 ➢ iii Allegro

recorded in the early 1950s




Mozart  Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman" K 265




Mozart Variations on "Ein Weib ist das herrlichste Ding" in F major, K 613




Schubert  Impromptu in E major, Op 90~2




Mendelssohn  Andante and Rondo Capriccioso, Op 14




Chopin  19 Waltzes


1
in E major, Op 18

05:512 in A major, Op 34~1
11:233 in A minor, Op 34~2
16:124 in F major, Op 34~3

18:405 in A major, Op 42

22:316 in D major, Op 64~1
24:167 in C minor, Op 64~2
27:518 in A major, Op 64~3

32:139 in A major, Op 69~1
35:2310 in B minor, Op 69~2

39:3711 in G major, Op 70~1
41:5812 in F minor, Op 70~2
44:4413 in D major, Op 70~3

47:3114 in E minor, Op posth
50:2215 in E major, Op posth
52:3216 in A major, Op posth
54:4717 in E major, Op posth
57:5518 in E major, Op posth
59:5819 in A minor, Op posth




Schumann  Etudes de Paganini, Op 3

recorded in 1974


2 in E major "La Caccia"



4 in B major



5 in E major




Schumann 6 Intermezzi, Op 4

1 Allegro quasi maestoso
04:06 ➢ 2 Presto a capriccio
08:35 ➢ 3 Allegro marcato
12:37 ➢ 4 Allegretto semplice
14:45 ➢ 5 Allegro moderato
19:46 ➢ 6 Allegro




Schumann  Piano Sonata in F minor, Op 11

i Introduzione: Un poco adagio. Allegro vivace

recorded in 1974




Schumann  Novellette, Op 21~8

recorded in 1974




Schumann  "Mignon"
Album pour la Jeunesse, Op 68 n35

recorded in 1974




Schumann  3 Sonatas for the Young, Op 118


1 in G major (keepsake for Julie)

i Allegro
02:05ii Theme & Variations
04:53iii Doll's Cradle Song
06:36iv Rondoletto

2 in D major (souvenir for Elise)

09:16i Allegro
15:07ii Canon
16:14iii Evening Song
17:39iv Children's Party

3 in C major (dedicated to Marie)

22:26i Allegro
27:36ii Andante
31:03iii Gypsy Dance
32:32iv A Child's Dream

recorded in the 1970s




Schumann  Albumblätter, Op 124

Impromptu - 01:06 ➢ Leides Ahnung - 03:18 ➢ Scherzino - 04:22 ➢ Walzer - 05:14 ➢ Fantasietanz
06:06 ➢ Wiegenliedchen - 07:49 ➢ Ländler - 08:50 ➢ Lied ohne Ende - 13:24  - ➢Impromptu - 14:44 ➢ Walzer
15:33 ➢ Romanze - 17:03 ➢ Burla - 18:35 ➢ Larghetto - 20:22 ➢ Vision - 21:27 ➢ Walzer
22:16 ➢ Schlummerlied - 25:56 ➢ Elfe - 26:29 ➢ Botschaft - 27:47 ➢ Fantasiestück - 30:27 ➢ Canon

recorded in the 1970s




Debussy  Préludes


Book I

1 Danseuses de Delphes: Lent et grave
03:252 Voiles: Modéré
06:363 Le vent dans la plaine: Animé
08:464 «Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir»: Modéré
12:225 Les collines d'Anacapri: Très modéré
15:266 Des pas sur la neige: Triste et lent
18:547 Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest: Animé et tumultueux
22:108 La fille aux cheveux de lin: Très calme et doucement expressif
24:169 La sérénade interrompue: Modérément animé
26:3510 La cathédrale engloutie: Profondément calme
32:3511 La danse de Puck: Capricieux et léger
35:1012 Minstrels: Modéré

Book II

37:141 Brouillards: Modéré
40:382 Feuilles mortes: Lent et mélancolique
43:283 La puerta del Vino: Mouvement de Habanera
46:334 «Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses»: Rapide et léger
49:405 Bruyères: Calme
52:086 Général Lavine -- eccentric: Dans le style et le mouvement d'un Cakewalk
54:407 La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune: Lent
59:148 Ondine: Scherzando
1:02:329 Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C.: Grave
1:04:4010 Canope: Très calme et doucement triste
1:07:0611 Les tierces alternées: Modérément animé
1:09:4112 Feux d'artifice: Modérément animé

recorded in the 1950s




Debussy  Estampes

Pagodes
04:42 ➢ La soirée dans Grenade
09:56 ➢ Jardins sous la pluie

recorded in the 1950s




Ravel  Jeux d'eau

recorded in 1954




Ravel  4 Alborada del gracioso from Mirroirs

Magda Tagliaferro (live 1955)
06:26Reine Gianoli (rec. 1954)




Ravel  "Ondine"
1 from Gaspard de la nuit

recorded in 1954




Ravel  "Une barque sur l'océan"
3 from Miroirs

recorded in 1954




Ravel  Sonatine
i Modéré - 04:49ii Mouvement de menuet -  08:21iii Animé

recorded in 1954




Ravel  Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales

recorded in 1956










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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