Thursday, April 09, 2015
Pierné / Vierne Piano Quintets -- A Natural Pairing
Both works share a smoothness of texture and the gentle lyricism of fin du siècle compositions. Both works are about the same length, and both have a three-movement structure.
There are subtle differences between the two but overall the disc seems to deliver one 70+ minute listening session of remarkable consistency rather than two discrete works. (That's not a complaint)
The Quatuor Arthur-Leblanc and pianist Stéphane Lemelin have a seamless ensemble sound that's critical for this music. To me the recording had a slightly distant sound. It softened the sound of the strings, which further enhanced the warmth of the ensemble.
Gabriel Pierné: Quintet for piano and strings, Op. 41
Louis Vierne: Quintet in A minor for piano and strings, Op. 42
Quatour Arthur-Lebalnc; Stéphane Lemelin, piano
Atma ACD2 2384