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Works for Alto, Viola & Piano
Johannes Brahms - Hugo Wolf - Laurent Petitgirard

Works for Alto, Viola & Piano

Cecile Eloir

Label: Piano 21
Format: CD
Barcode: 3760051450601
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Catalog number: P21 054
Releasedate: 04-03-16
- a totally unique disc of music for the voice of alto, viola and piano
Poems by Goethe, Baudelaire, Aragon, Verlaine, Rückert and Lope de Vega: music like subtle meditations interwoven with these poems by Brahms, Loeffler, Petitgirard and Wolf; the unlikely, original blending of a lower-register female voice, that of Cécile Eloir, the adroitly muted viola playing of Pierre Lenert and the mostly middle-register piano of Cyprien Katsaris: this unprecedented project, a subtly- coloured journey through different worlds, takes us on an inspiring poetic and musical exploration. 
Cyprien Katsaris, the French-Cypriot pianist and composer, was born on May 5th 1951 in Marseilles. He first began to play the piano at the age of four, in Cameroon where he spent his childhood. His first teacher was Marie-Gabrielle Louwerse. A graduate of the Paris Conservatoire where he studied piano with Aline van Barentzen and Monique de la Bruchollerie (piano First Prize, 1969), as well as chamber music with René Leroy and Jean Hubeau (First Prize, 1970), he won the International Young Interpreters Rostrum-UNESCO (Bratislava 1977), the First Prize in the International Cziffra Competition (Versailles 1974) and he was the only western-European prize-winner at the 1972 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition. He was also awarded the Albert Roussel Foundation Prize (Paris 1970) and the Alex de Vries Foundation Prize (Antwerp 1972).