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AUBERT, Louis (1877-1968)


  • Jean-Pierre Armengaud, piano
  • Alessandro Fagiuoli, violin
  • Olivier Chauzu, piano

A pupil of Fauré, Louis Aubert moved in the same circles as Ravel, Debussy, Koechlin and others and was considered in his day to be one of the most original French composers. With its evocatively impressionistic images of seascapes, the night and Spain, Sillages is amongst the most significant French piano works of the early 20th century. The intensely expressive and impassioned Violin Sonata is Aubert’s only large-scale work in abstract Classical form and the distinctive Feuille d’images is a varied collection of educational pieces. The fiery Habanera, Aubert’s most frequently performed orchestral work, is heard in the composer’s own transcription for piano four hands.



Sillages, Op. 27 (1913) (00:22:23 )
No. 1. Sur le rivage (00:08:28)
No. 2. Socorry (00:06:54)
No. 3. Dans la nuit (00:07:00)
Violin Sonata (1927) (00:23:00 )
No. 1. Anime * (00:08:19)
No. 2. Lent et tres expressif * (00:08:43)
No. 3. Assez anime * (00:06:10)
Habanera (version for piano 4 hands) (1918) * (00:08:23)
Feuille d'Images (1930) (00:14:09 )
No. 1. Confidence: Lent et grave * (00:02:51)
No. 2. Chanson de route: Avec entrain * (00:02:15)
No. 3. Serenade: Allegretto * (00:03:01)
No. 4. Des pays lointains…: Assez lent * (00:03:27)
No. 5. Danse de l'ours en peluche: Goguenard et pesant * (00:02:47)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:08:18

The Artist

Armengaud, Jean-Pierre

Jean-Pierre Armengaud has enjoyed a long international career as a pianist, with a repertoire ranging from Bach to Boulez, appearances in more than forty countries and a series of important and acclaimed recordings. A pupil of Yves Nat and Jacques Février, and, in Russia, of Stanislav Neuhaus, he is one of the leading interpreters of French music from Rameau to Henri Dutilleux. His recordings include the complete piano works of Claude Debussy, Erik Satie and Albert Roussel. As a musicologist and writer he was responsible for contemporary music on Radio France and has taught in universities. His biography of Erik Satie has been published by Fayard, and his Entretiens avec Edison Denisov (Conversations with Edison Denisov) by Calmann-Lévy.

Alessandro Fagiuoli graduated from the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in Venice, followed by study with Enzo Porta of twentieth-century violin repertoire. He was awarded a scholarship from the Venice Biennale for the “performance of late Nono works”, leading him to specialise in contemporary music, and bringing collaborations with important new music ensembles and the creation of the Paul Klee Quartet, with which he is first violinist and soloist. With the Paul Klee Quartet Fagiuoli has participated in festivals and concert seasons throughout Europe and in the United States, with a number of world premières. Recordings of the quartet as well as of Fagiuoli as soloist and as a duo with Toffanin have appeared on the Stradivarius, Niccolò, Blue Serge and New World labels.
Chauzu, Olivier

Pianist Olivier Chauzu trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he obtained First Prize for Piano followed by First Prize in Chamber music, studying under Gabriel Tacchino, Théodore Paraschivesko, Jean-Claude Pennetier and György Sebök. He was also a pupil of Leon Fleisher, Vitaly Margoulis and Dimitri Bashkirov before further studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. A prizewinner in Barcelona’s 1989 Maria Canals International competition, he went on to be awarded the Prix Claude Debussy in the Yvonne Lefébure competition in Saint-Germain-en-Laye the following year.

The Composer

Unduly neglected, Louis Aubert, a pupil of Gabriel Fauré, in the first performance of whose Requiem he took part as a boy, was a composer of considerable distinction, showing some affinity with both Debussy and Ravel.

Stage Works

Aubert’s lyrical tale La forêt bleue brings to the stage the fairy world of children’s stories. His Cinéma: Tableaux symphoniques, a ballet, shows episodes in the development of the cinema.

Orchestral Music

Dryade, Tableau symphonique, originally written in 1924 as a score for a film, is similar in its inspiration to Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé or the work of Debussy that has its source in pagan antiquity. Aubert’s Tombeau de Chateaubriand pays tribute to his fellow-countryman, also a native of Saint-Malo. His moving Offrande of 1952 is dedicated to the memory of those who suffered in the war.



“In his dazzling triptych Sillages, Aubert reveals himself as Ravel’s “brother in art”...Louis Aubert is our “other Ravel”. Unjustly neglected, it is essential to rediscover his music with this album.” – Classica

“The distinguished pianist, Jean-Pierre Armengaud, writes enthusiastically of Aubert in his programme note, an admiration that continues in his performances.” – David Denton


“… Jean-Pierre Armengaud’s playing possesses a fluid flexibility that is perfectly adapted to these sound waves…His profoundly poetic interpretation demonstrates an intimate knowledge of the score and easily elevates him high above his two great predecessors Christina Ariago (Brilliant) and Marie-Catherine Girod (Opes 3D)… ” – Classica

“This music really deserves to be recognized. Louis Aubert writes with a spontaneity coupled with a concern for balance between discourse, sound and form....This CD obviously represents a long and exceptional effort to recover the spirit and the heart of this music that touches our present sensibilities to find a deep link between yesterday and today.” – CultureMag