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SOLAL, Martial (b. 1927)

WORKS FOR PIANO AND TWO PIANOS

VOYAGE EN ANATOLIE • JAZZ PRELUDES • EXERCICE DE CONCERT • 11 ETUDES • BALLADE FOR 2 PIANOS


  • Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua, piano
  • Martial Solal, piano

European jazz legend Martial Solal is an imaginative and creative thinker for the piano, and one never straightjacketed by music genres. Voyage en Anatolie is a kind of survey of Jazz, with 13 brilliantly linked variations. The Jazz-Preludes and Études explore piquant harmonies through innovative pianistic figures, whilst the Exercice de concert offers a stunningly transcribed improvisation. Solal himself plays the first piano part in the Ballade for two pianos.

Tracklist

1
Voyage en Anatolie (Journey to Anatolia) () * (00:05:37)
 
Jazz Preludes (c1990) (00:15:00 )
2
No. 1. — * (00:01:46)
3
No. 2. — * (00:01:29)
4
No. 3. — * (00:01:54)
5
No. 4. — * (00:03:12)
6
No. 5. — * (00:02:20)
7
No. 6. — * (00:02:03)
8
No. 7. — * (00:02:22)
9
Exercice de Concert (Concert Exercise) (1994) (00:05:30)
9
Exercice de Concert (Concert Exercise) (1994) (00:05:30)
 
11 Etudes () (00:20:45 )
10
No. 1. La Nonchalante (The Nonchalant) * (00:01:35)
11
No. 2. La Syncopee (The Syncopated) * (00:01:20)
12
No. 3. La Jazzifiante (The Jazzyfying) * (00:01:29)
13
No. 4. La Joyeuse (The Joyful) * (00:01:52)
14
No. 5. La Charmante (The Charming) * (00:02:05)
15
No. 6. La Calme et agitee (The Calm and Agitated) * (00:03:37)
16
No. 7. La Chantante (The Singing) * (00:01:49)
17
No. 8. La Motorisee (The Motorized) * (00:00:56)
18
No. 9. La Tonique (The Tonic) * (00:01:45)
19
No. 10. La Trepidante (The Thrilling) * (00:01:51)
20
No. 11. La Lancinante (The Haunting) * (00:02:29)
21
Ballade for 2 Pianos (1985) (00:06:50)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:53:51

The Artist(s)

Ferrand-N’Kaoua, Eric

French pianist Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua was born near Paris in 1963. He studied with Madeleine de Valmalète from an early age and soon entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur, where he obtained first prize with distinction in piano when aged only fourteen, soon followed by a first prize in chamber music.

EFN’K has premièred works by Thierry Lancino, Philippe Racine and Christopher Culpo. His eclectic repertoire and his interest in jazz allow him to blend Bach’s Goldberg Variations, or Liszt’s transcription of the Symphonie fantastique with jazz-inspired pieces in the same recital.

What I find so inspiring and fascinating about Martial Solal’s music is the sheer breadth of imagination with which he approaches the piano. Probably the most amazing improviser of our time, he combines a highly individual style with incredible technique. But he is also an inspired composer—one who relentlessly pursues his own original and demanding course. - Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua (English translation by Susannah Howe)

The Composer(s)

What I find so inspiring and fascinating about Martial Solal’s music is the sheer breadth of imagination with which he approaches the piano. Probably the most amazing improviser of our time, he combines a highly individual style with incredible technique. But he is also an inspired composer—one who relentlessly pursues his own original and demanding course. - Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua (English translation by Susannah Howe)

Reviews

ClassicsToday.com

“Effortless facility and thoroughly idiomatic mastery of jazz phrasing and time keeping” – ClassicsToday.com