A student of Franck, Vincent d’Indy (1851–1931) founded the Schola Cantorum de Paris where he taught for many years. He was also a conductor, with a busy schedule of international touring. His compositions were permeated by the influence of Wagner – he attended the premiere of the Ring cycle – but in time he also absorbed the influence of French folk music, especially from the Vivarais, his ancestral home.
Vincent d’Indy’s large-scale Piano Sonata is one of a small but masterful sequence of nonprogrammatic instrumental works that he wrote in the first decade of the 20th century. Notable for a novel application of variation form in its opening movement it fuses experimentation with expressive power. Poetic atmospheres and landscapes are evoked in the Tableaux de voyage, postcards of his walks in Germany.
The Sonata in E heard in this release was recorded in the salon of the castle that d’Indy built himself – the Château des Faugs, where he spent all of his summers until 1920 and where he composed the Sonata.
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PIANO SONATA IN E, OP. 63 (1907) (43:01) 1. I. Modéré: [Introduction] 2. Variation I: Un peu plus animé 3. Variation II: Lent 4. Variation III: Plus vite 5. Variation IV: Modérément animé 6. Premier mouvement du thème 7. Thema mutatum 8. II. Très animé 9. Un peu moins vite 10. Premier mouvement: Très animé 11. [bars 99–156] 12. Au mouvement 13. III. Modéré 14. Même mouvement 15. Un peu plus animé 16. Au mouvement 17. Premier mouvement 18. Thema premier mouvement 19. Au mouvement 20. Un peu plus animé 21. [bars 245–287] 22. Au mouvement 23. Thema: Très large et puissant
TABLEAUX DE VOYAGE, OP. 33 (EXCERPTS) (1889) 24. No. 1. ? 25. No. 3. Pâturage (‘Pastureland’) 26. No. 4. Lac vert (‘Green Lake’) 27. No. 5. Le Glas (‘The Death Knell’) 28. No. 11. Beuron 29. No. 12. La Pluie (‘The Rain’) 30. No. 13. Rêve (‘Dream’)