Thursday, June 23, 2016

Noël Lee, connoisseurs pianist, in Faure, Franck and Debussy (on Spotify)

The American (Chinese born, French citizen, a real cosmopolitan!) Noël Lee (1924-2013) was a real connoisseurs pianist. He excelled in the French repertoire and was one of the finest accompanists in chamber music in that genre. With his musical partners Gérard Poulet and Bernard Kruysen, thirteen of the sixteen LP’s and CD’s they made received a French “Grand Prix du Disque” award. I’ve selected several works in this playlist that demonstrate the unique understanding and empathy of Noël Lee for French Chamber music. 

One remark, unfortunately the “tagging” of the works by Spotify is erratic, description below is the correct one. The Debussy sonata has a special particularity, as the composer dedicated (and played!) the sonata to Gérard Poulet’s father; the violinist Gaston Poulet. 
These are recordings I cherish very much; hope you will enjoy them as well!

The correct order of the playlist is:

Gabriel Faure (1845-1924):
1- Berceuse in D major op 16 (1878)

César Franck (1822-1890)
2-5 Violin sonata in A Major (1886)

Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) 
6-9 Violin sonata no 1 in A major op 13 (1875)

Claude Debussy (1867-1918)
10-12 Violin sonata (1917)
Gérard Poulet, violin
Noël Lee, piano

Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
13-19 Poème d'avril, Op.14 (1866)
Bernard Kruysen, Baritone
Noël Lee, piano

(link to Spotify Webplayer)

Noël Lee (1924-2013)

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