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Godard: Barcarolles-No 2

Magazine article Gramophone

Godard: Barcarolles-No 2

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Barcarolles--No 2, Op 80; No 3, Op 105. Des scenes italiennes, Op 126.20 Pieces, Op 58

Alessandro Deljavan pf

Piano Classics [F] PCL0072 (81' * DDD)

Godard's fortunes have taken a decided turn for the better in recent years, with two recordings of both his piano concertos (Dutton, 11/11, 1/13; Hyperion, 9/14), another of his piano trios (MDG), as well as various individual solo piano works. He cannot now be simply defined as the one-hit wonder of the Berceuse from his opera Jocelyn.

Having said that, Godard produced a huge amount of music in all genres during his all-too-short span of 44 years and, as David Moncur's entertaining booklet points out, was not the most self-critical of composers (he was brought up in a wealthy environment of familial adoration). Alessandro Deljavan's selection begins promisingly enough with the beguiling Barcarolles Nos 2 and 3. It's easy to imagine a Shura Cherkassky or Stephen Hough throwing one in at the end of a recital. …

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