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GODARD, Benjamin (1852–1931)

PIANO WORKS • 2

FRAGMENTS POÉTIQUES OP. 13 • RÊVE VÉCU OP. 140 • RENOUVEAU OP. 82 • NOCTURNES NOS. 1-4


  • Eliane Reyes, piano

Spanning the breadth of Benjamin Godard’s compositional life this selection of piano music includes the gracious and warm Nocturnes, which show some Chopin influence, and the Trois Fragments Poétiques, Op.13 with their long-spun lyrical melodies. His sparkling vivacity and more virtuosic side can be savoured in the late Fantaisie en trois parties, Op.143.

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Tracklist

1
Reve vecu, Op. 140 () * (00:04:20)
2
Nocturne No. 1, Op. 68 () * (00:04:20)
3
Nocturne No. 2, Op. 90 () * (00:05:53)
4
Nocturne No. 3, Op. 139 () * (00:06:00)
5
Nocturne No. 4, Op. 150 () * (00:06:25)
 
3 Morceaux, Op. 16 (1874) (00:02:14 )
6
No. 1. Menuet * (00:02:10)
7
No. 2. Andante * (00:02:53)
8
No. 3. Gavotte * (00:02:00)
 
Fantaisie, Op. 143 (1893) (00:14:55 )
9
I. Ballade * (00:06:23)
10
II. Intermezzo: Vivace * (00:03:52)
11
III. Scherzo: Final * (00:04:52)
12
Renouveau, Op. 82 () * (00:03:15)
 
Fragments poetiques, Op. 13 (1869) (00:14:24 )
13
No. 1. Lamartine * (00:03:07)
14
No. 2. Alfred de Musset * (00:05:26)
15
No. 3. Victor Hugo * (00:02:01)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:02:57

The Artist

Belgian pianist Eliane Reyes is a laureate of the Cziffra Competition at Senlis and has studied at the Brussels Conservatoire Royal, Berlin Hochschule des Künste, Salzburg Mozarteum and the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur. She has an active international concert career. Her recordings have been previously nominated for the International Classical Music Awards, including her recording of piano works by Nicolas Bacri [Naxos 8.572530]. She is professor of piano at the Brussels Conservatoire Royal de Musique.

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The Composer

A violist and pupil of Henri Vieuxtemps, the French composer Benjamin Louis Paul Godard won a precociously early reputation as a composer of salon music, with a series of pieces that would once have found a ready place in any album of piano music. His other music, influenced by contemporary German trends, is more substantial, if neglected.

Operas

Godard is chiefly remembered for his operas. Les bijoux de Jeanette, his first opera, was produced in 1878, followed by Pedro de Zalamea in 1884 and Jocelyn in 1888. The Berceuse from Jocelyn proved its most popular element and has been arranged for numerous combinations of instruments and voices. Other operas were unsuccessful, although his final comic opera La vivandière, left incomplete at his death, seemed to promise more.

Orchestral Music

The four published symphonies of Godard include a Symphonie gothique and a Symphonie orientale, while his concertos consist of two Piano Concertos and two Violin Concertos, the first a Concert romantique. Other works include orchestral arrangement of the piano Scènes italiennes and Scènes écossaises.

Chamber Music

Godard wrote five Violin Sonatas and a series of other pieces for violin and piano and other ensembles.

Piano Music

Much of Godard’s piano music is in the form of salon pieces of no great pretensions, designed for a lucrative popular market.

Reviews

“All [works] give Reyes the opportunity to make use of her wonderful legato touch.” – American Record Guide

La Libre Belgique

“Beautiful interpretation by [Eliane] Reyes, who serves as the perfect guide on this pioneering journey. ” – La Libre Belgique

Classica

“Eliane Reyes, professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, presents this original programme with admirable commitment and embraces a round, powerful and diversified sonority. She is at ease in moments of great velocity as well as in moments of the most delicate harmonic refinements.” – Classica