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RIOTTE, André (1928-2011)

Météorite et ses métamorphoses

(Motif, 31 variations et une coda)


  • Therese Malengreau, piano

French composer André Riotte was closely involved with experiments in avant-garde music, following in the paths of Messiaen, Xenakis and Barraqué, as well as in group improvisation. He wrote widely for orchestral and chamber forces, but the piano was his central focus and his compositions for it chart his development from early neo-modal works through studies in pure sound, to the monumental inspiration of his large-scale works. Météorite et ses métamorphoses, one of the composer’s last works, is a milestone in contemporary repertoire. Thoroughly organic, it develops as metamorphoses – a term Riotte preferred to ‘variations’ – and acknowledges the influence of Debussy, Bach, and Beethoven in his Diabelli Variations.

Tracklist

 
Meteorite et ses metamorphoses (2001) (00:54:52 )
1
Meteorite: Massif (00:01:56)
2
Metamorphose I: *** (00:01:12)
3
Métamorphose II: En oppositions (00:01:22)
4
Metamorphose III: Rapide et bien articule (00:00:45)
5
Metamorphose IV: Avec simplicite, sans effets (00:01:13)
6
Metamorphose V: Rapide et precis (00:01:10)
7
Metamorphose VI: Hieratique (00:01:56)
8
Metamorphose VII: En volutes (00:00:46)
9
Metamorphose VIII: Colore, en suspens (00:01:12)
10
Metamorphose IX: *** (00:01:25)
11
Metamorphose X: Naif (00:01:44)
12
Metamorphose XI: Tranquille, un peu lourd (00:01:24)
13
Metamorphose XII: Sinueux (00:01:21)
14
Metamorphose XIII: Profondement calme et meditatif (00:04:10)
15
Metamorphose XIV: Staccato vif et vigoureux (00:00:40)
16
Metamorphose XV: Impulsif (00:01:17)
17
Metamorphose XVI: Avec fantaisie (00:01:20)
18
Metamorphose XVII: *** (00:00:36)
19
Metamorphose XVIII: Rapide, les accents marques (00:00:58)
20
Metamorphose XIX: Ceremonieux (00:02:15)
21
Metamorphose XX: Frenetique (00:01:10)
22
Metamorphose XXI: Tres fondu (00:01:40)
23
Metamorphose XXII: Avec simplicite mais volubile (00:01:13)
24
Metamorphose XXIII: Pas vite, en demi-teinte, de plus en plus efface (00:01:50)
25
Metamorphose XXIV: En rafales - Subitement calme (00:01:23)
26
Metamorphose XXV: Recueilli (00:03:34)
27
Metamorphose XXVI: Prestissimo, fluide (00:01:04)
28
Metamorphose XXVII: Allant, martele (00:00:30)
29
Metamorphose XXVIII: Rapide, sans rubato - Staccato plus leger, dynamique (00:01:16)
30
Metamorphose XXIX: Enigmatique et sans espoir, extremement lent (00:01:36)
31
Metamorphose XXX: Precis (00:02:26)
32
Metamorphose XXXI: Souple et assez lent - Plus vif - Tres vite - Calme et enveloppe - Detache, martele - Presto (00:06:26)
33
Coda: Lent et solennel (00:02:07)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:54:57

The Artist

Born into an artistic family, the Belgian pianist Thérèse Malengreau was awarded her first prizes and Advanced Diplomas at the Royal Conservatory of music of Brussels and holds a degree in romance philology from the Université libre de Bruxelles. Her teachers include Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer, Bernard Lemmens, Yevgeni Malinin and Léon Fleisher. She has discovered and given first performances of a number of scores including Andre Riotte’s Météorite et ses metamorphoses, featured on this recording.

Reviews

“The music is ear opening and will most certainly appeal to the high-modernist audiophile.” – Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review