Seven Pieces (x 2) #0246
Famous also for his superb improvisations and exacting teaching methods, today we remember him through his compositions. This week’s show explores fourteen virtuosic and poetic movements from the pen of French wizard Marcel Dupré. We’ll hear the three Preludes & Fugues of Opus 7 that set the world afire when he was but 26, four of his Opus 50 Inventions, ironic miniatures, concise as an Oriental haiku, and the Seven Pieces which he wrote during his tours in the 1920s and dedicated to friends he made along the way. In his twenties he astonished the world with virtuosity, by his thirties he’d amazed us with his depth, and throughout his career we regarded him as the best there was. The great man himself teams up with his former students and advocates in a musical offering of Seven Pieces, times two.
MARCEL DUPRÉ: 4 Inventions, from Opus 50, number 6 in d; Number 8 in b; Number 19 in B; Number 12 in f#, –James Biery (1972 Casavant Frères/Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, Providence, RI) Naxos 8.553862