French pianist (b 1952)

Francois-Rene Duchable studied at the Paris Conservatory and won the first prize for piano at the age of thirteen. At twenty or so he was discovered and encouraged by Artur Rubinstein.  The rest is history.  He has performed with many of the leading orchestras on the world, among them the London, Berlin, and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the Montreal Symphony, and under such luminaries as Herbert von Karajan

Francois-Rene Duchable is a pianist with the chops to play as fast as anyone.  But he doesn't.  His playing is always musical, always just so.  The clarity with which he plays the most difficult passages is amazing.  His performances of "La Campanella", the Transcendental Etudes, and the Schumann Toccata are perfect examples.

Francois-Rene Duchable's Liszt and Schumann are really wonderful, and his recording of the Chopin Fantasy is uniquely interesting and a splendid performance.  A special treat is the complete performances of the Liszt transcriptions of the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique and Harold in Italy.

Bach-Duchable  Choral "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" BWV 639

Beethoven  Piano Sonata 21 in C major, Op 53 "Waldstein"

i Allegro con brio
10:47ii Adagio molto
14:24iii Rondo - Allegretto moderato

recorded in 1995

Beethoven  The Complete Piano Concertos
John Nelson conducting l'Ensemble Orchestral de Paris

1 in C major, Op 15
i Allegro con brio
12:53ii Largo
22:41iii Rondo - Allegro scherzando

2 in B major, Op 19
30:56i Allegro con brio
43:24ii Adagio
50:54iii Rondo - Molto allegro

3 in C minor, Op 37
56:33i Allegro con brio
1:11:27ii Largo
1:21:12iii Rondo - Allegro

4 in G major, Op 58
1:29:42i Allegro moderato
1:45:20ii Andante con moto
1:49:30iii Rondo (Vivace)

5 in E major, Op 73
1:59:28i Allegro
2:19:14ii Adagio un poco mosso
2:26:46iii Rondo - Allegro ma non troppo

recorded in 2002

and views of the pianist's hands in the Rondo of Op 19

and in the Andante con moto of Op 58

Elias Parish Alvars (1808-1849)  Concertino for harp and piano in D minor
with Marielle Nordmann, harp
Theodor Guschlbauer conducting l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg

Allegro brilliante

ii Andante

iii Allegro brilliante

Chopin  Gran Duo Concertant in E major on themes from Meyerbeer's "Robert le Diable", B 70
[written jointly in 1832 with cellist Auguste Franchomme]
with Frédéric Lodéon, cello

recorded in 1981

Chopin  Introduction et Polonaise Brillante in C major, Op 3
with Frédéric Lodéon, cello

recorded in 1981

Chopin  Études, Op 10

1 in C major
02:002 in A minor
03:283 in E major
07:394 in C minor
09:555 in G major
11:376 in E minor
15:347 in C major
17:088 in F major
19:389 in F minor
21:4510 in A major
24:0011 in E major
26:3212 in C minor

recorded in 1981 on a Bösendorfer piano

Chopin  Prélude in E minor, Op 28~4

Chopin  Polonaises

4 in C minor, Op 40~2
6 in A major, Op 53

Chopin  Fantasy in F minor, Op 49

recorded in 1975

Chopin  Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 65
with Frédéric Lodéon, cello

i Allegro moderato
16:44ii Scherzo - Allegro con brio
21:55iii Largo
26:04iv Finale - Allegro

recorded in 1981

Schumann  Toccata in C major, Op 7

recorded in 1989

Schumann  Fantasiestücke, Op 12

recorded in 1989

Schumann  Etudes symphoniques, Op 13 and Posth Variations

recorded in 1989

Original theme and variations

Theme and posthumous variations


Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op 35
Book 1
12:32 ➢ Book 2

Rhapsodies, Op 79
23:161 Agitato in B minor
32:022 Molto passionato, ma non troppo allegro in G minor

4 Klavierstücke, Op 119
38:271 Intermezzo
42:302 Intermezzo
47:193 Intermezzo
48:504 Rhapsody

recorded in 1981

Saint-Saëns  Piano Concerto 2 in G minor, Op 22
Armin Jordan conducting l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

i Andante sostenuto
ii Allegro scherzando
iii Presto

recorded live in 1987

Saint-Saëns  Mazurka 3 in B minor, Op 66

recorded live in 1979

Saint-Saëns  Allegro appassionato in C minor, Op 70

recorded in 1979

Saint-Saëns  6 Études pour le Piano, Livre I, Op 52 (1877)

1 Prélude
02:242 Pour l'indépendance des doigts
04:523 Prélude et Fugue in F minor
08:314 Étude de rythme
10:565 Prélude et Fugue in A major
16:496 Étude en forme de valse

recorded in 1979

Saint-Saëns  6 Études pour le Piano, Livre II, Op 111

1 Tierces majeures et mineures
02:092 Traits chromatiques
04:243 Prélude et Fugue, in E minor
09:294 Les Cloches de Las Palmas
13:145 Tierces majeures chromatiques
15:116 Toccata, d'après le 5e Concerto

recorded live in 1979

Bruch  3 Andante con moto from Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola & Piano, Op 83
with Gérard Caussé, viola and Paul Meyer, clarinet

Grieg  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16
Theodor Guschlbauer conducting l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg

i Allegro molto moderato (beginning only)

Dukas  "La plainte au loin du faune" from Le tombeau de Claude Debussy

recorded in 1978

Dukas  Prélude élégiaque (1909) on the name H A Y D N - Lent et recueilli

recorded live in 1978

Dukas  Piano Sonata in E minor (1899-1900)
[Dedicated to Saint-Saëns]

i Modérément vif (expressif et marqué)
11:31ii Calme. un peu lent.très soutenu
21:45iii Scherzo - Vivement, avec légèreté
29:58iv Très lent. 32:23Animé, mais sans hâte et bien scandé

recorded in 1978

Satie  Gymnopédie 1 from Trois Gymnopédie (1888)

recorded live in 2011

Ravel  Piano Concerto in G major
Michel Plasson conducting l'Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse

ii Adagio assai

Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880 – 1968)  Tre Sonetti del Petrarca
with Denia Mazzola Gavazzeni, soprano

1 Quel rossignuol che si soave Piagne
2 Liriche
3 Pastori

recorded live in 2013

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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