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Angela Hewitt – ‘Chabrier: Dix pieces pittoresques and Other Piano Music’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Angela Hewitt – ‘Chabrier: Dix pieces pittoresques and Other Piano Music’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

One of the great delights of exploring classical music is to discover something previously unknown to you, something which immediately makes you wonder, “How did I live without this before?” With a quarter-century of listening experience under my belt, I’ve been around long enough to have grown tired of Beethoven and Mahler and then become excited by them all over again at least twice as I delve deeper into their works. But the freshness of unexpected discovery is the sweetest of all, and this new Hyperion disc from Angela Hewitt has opened up the doors to a whole new world for me. Hewitt is of course famous for her pianistic sallies into baroque music, salvaging what once had been a repertory regularly performed on the modern grand piano. But here she explores the small but utterly fascinating body of piano music written by French composer Emmanuel Chabrier, who predated Debussy and could rightly be considered the true French Impressionist composer. read more…

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