JULES MASSENET (1842-1912): Année passée, Scènes de bal (Souvenirs de Pesth), Op. 17, CÉSAR FRANCK (1822-1890): Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18, Première Duo pour piano à 4 mains sur le "God Save the King", Op. 4.

Catalogue Number: 07J066

Label: Hungaroton

Reference: HCD 32444

Format: CD

Price: $19.98

Description: Massenet's early (1865) Scènes intersperse three dances with an entry, finale and two rather more original internal pieces, one of which anticipates Debussy while the big, 31-minute Année (1897) is a 12-movement "four seasons" full of Romantic and also Impressionistic tone painting. Franck's early (1842) hyper-virtuosic duo comes from the period when his father was pushing him into a career as a virtuoso pianist; the companion piece, better-known as an organ work, is meditative, delicate and beautiful in the composer's own two-piano version. Duo Egri & Pertis (Pleyel double grand piano).

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