Gabriel Pierné – French composer, pianist, organist, and conductor – was born and raised in a family of musicians. At the Paris Conservatoire, he formed a stimulating musical friendship with Debussy, one year his senior, and was led by masters such as Massenet and Franck to the Prix de Rome, which he won in 1882. Celebrated as a performer – he succeeded Franck at the great Cavaillé-Coll organ in the Basilica of Saint Clotilde and took over from Mr. Colonne at the head of his eponymous orchestra – Pierné was also honoured as a composer, leaving an inventive and witty body of work with more than fifty opus numbers. This edition presents his compositions in dazzlingly diverse performances, with the composer himself at the piano and baton, inviting the listener on an exciting exploration of his marvellous career.
Pierné: Complete Piano Works / Chamber, Orchestral & Vocal Music / Historical Recordings
Diane Andersen, Lily Laskine, Kalevi Kiviniemi, Annie Challan, Francoise Petit, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hartmut Höll, Olivier Charlier, Jean Hubeau, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Pierre Barbizet, Francois Leleux, Emmanuel Strosser, Gabriel Pierne, Marcel Moyse, Maitrise de Radio France, Orchestre du Theatre National de l’Opera de Paris, Orchestre National de l’ORTF, Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de Loire, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Quatuor Viotti, Quatuor de saxophones Deffayet, Allegri String Quartet, English Chamber Orchestra, Jean-Baptiste Mari, Jean Martinon, Andre Cluytens, Pierre Dervaux, Michel Lasserre de Rozel