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Sonatas for Piano Four Hands

  • Emile Naoumoff, piano
  • Yau Cheng, piano

An eminent member the French musical establishment during the 1870s and 1880s, LOUIS THÉODORE GOUVY wrote a large amount of piano music, much of it for four hands. The three Sonatas written in the 1860s reveal his considerable technical command as well as a flowing elegance, some of it reminiscent of Schubert and Schumann.

This recording was made on a modern instrument: Hamburg Steinway D, Serial number: 576715 (2005) ‘Georgina’


Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in D Minor, Op. 36 (1861) (00:26:29 )
I. Allegro moderato (00:09:20)
II. Adagio (00:07:30)
III. Intermezzo: Allegretto - (00:04:43)
IV. Epilogue: Moderato assai quasi larghetto (00:04:58)
Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in C Minor, Op. 49 (1869) (00:29:44 )
I. Allegro moderato (00:10:18)
II. Larghetto (00:09:50)
III. Minuetto: Moderato (00:04:12)
IV. Finale: Allegro vivace (00:05:27)
Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in F Major, Op. 51 (1869) (00:19:59 )
I. Allegro con brio (00:09:19)
II. Andantino scherzoso (00:03:59)
III. Allegro risoluto (00:06:47)
Total Time: 01:16:23

The Artist(s)

Emile Naoumoff Emile Naoumoff has enjoyed a long and successful career as a performer, composer and teacher. At the age of seven, he became the last disciple of Nadia Boulanger, who referred to him as “The gift of my old age”, and studied with her until her death in 1979, also working with Igor Markevitch, Nikita Magaloff, Jean Françaix, Leonard Bernstein, Soulima Stravinsky, Aram Khachaturian and Yehudi Menhuin. He serves as a professor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Cheng, Yau

Yau Cheng earned both her Master and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, under the tutelage of Emile Naoumoff, and was a pupil of Nancy Loo and Mimi Li in Hong Kong. She enjoys an active career as an accompanist, répétiteur and collaborative pianist for opera venues, companies and individual musicians.


The Composer(s)

Gouvy began piano lessons with a private tutor at the age of eight, and was educated in France—Sarreguemines, then Metz—developing a keen interest in Classical Greek culture and in modern languages—not only German, which he spoke fluently, but English and Italian as well. In 1837 he went to Paris to study law, continuing his piano lessons with a pupil of the pianist and composer Henri Herz (1803–1888). Two years later, he made up his mind to abandon any thoughts of a career in the law and to devote himself to music. He stood out in French musical life as a composer of orchestral and chamber music.


“Harmonious and also with unsuspected dramatic power.” – Piano News

“[Naoumoff’s and Yau Cheng’s] ensemble and musicality allow these works to be heard in their best light.” – American Record Guide