REINE GIANOLI ∙ Piano Recitals in France
BACH: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No 18 in E-flat Major, Op 31/3
SCHUBERT: Impromptu in A-flat Major, Op 90/4, D 899
LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No 9, HS 244/9
Recorded · 19 December 1962 · Paris · Studio RTF · RTF · Studio Recording
SCHUMANN: Piano Sonata No 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op 11
Recorded · 24 July 1962 · Dieppe · Grand casino · RTF · Live Recording
BACH/BUSONI: Chaconne in D Minor BWV 1004
SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata in A Major D 664, Op posth 120
BRAHMS: Rhapsody in G Minor, Op 79/2
CHOPIN: 24 Préludes, Op 28
SCARLATTI: Sonata in C Major K 159
Recorded · 28 February 1966 · Paris · Théâtre des Champs-Elysées · ORTF · Live Recording
Article number: MC 1044
UPC barcode: 791154054475
Release date: 16 July 2019
Booklet: 8 Pages
Total timing: 78:36 CD1 ∙ 79:15 CD2
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2019 Meloclassic
December 2019 ∙ British Gramophone ∙ Rob Cowan ∙ Reine Gianoli ∙ Piano Recitals in France
Cortot pupil Reine Gianoli (2 CDs, MC1044) offers a set of Chopin Op 28 Preludes which is every bit as involving as Cortot’s own: like him, she swallows the cycle whole, treating it as an integrated sequence. Liszt’s 11th Hungarian Rhapsody is again reminiscent of Cortot, and Beethoven’s Sonata Op 31 No 3 approaches a benchmark, its progressive opening only just short of sounding ‘cool’, its galloping finale kicking up dust.
December 2019 ∙ MusicWeb International ∙ Reine Gianoli ∙ Piano Recitals in France
She performed concertos with Edwin Fischer, recorded four 78s in 1947 for a small French label, but fortunately recorded many more LPs for Westminster – though her career was centred on Europe and she never seems to have toured America. Meloclassic’s presentation is classy, with fine notes, well reproduced photographs and a gatefold format. The sound quality is unproblematic and to a high standard. Gianoli is a valuable addition to this roster of discs. On this evidence she was somewhat inconsistent as an interpreter but at her best an artist of probity and emotional candour and capable of witty characterisation.
February 2020 ∙ MusicWeb International ∙ Reine Gianoli ∙ Piano Recitals in France
Browsing the internet, the catalogue is by no means awash with recordings made by the French pianist Reine Gianoli (1915-1979). Perhaps the best known are Mozart’s 17 piano sonatas she recorded live between 1947 and 1955. The solo piano works on this 2 CD set derive from three piano recitals, recorded in France. From 28 February 1966 comes a substantial 80-minute recital. Each of the piano recitals are in very good sound, and make a satisfying listen. Meloclassic’s attractive presentation includes a sturdy gatefold with the booklet notes fitting snugly between the two discs. The liner provides a detailed biography of the pianist together with selections of the pianist in her own words. Of special interest are her recollections of Alfred Cortot as a teacher. The black and white photographs are the icing on the cake.
February 2020 ∙ French Diapason ∙ Bertrand Boissard ∙ Reine Gianoli ∙ Piano Recitals in France
Trop négligée par le disque, Reine Gianoli (1915-1979) se rappelle à notre souvenir par des témoignages de 1962-1966 : les éclats poétiques, les nuances habitées et les élans de la Fantaisie chromatique et fugue de Bach, la grandeur et la présence de la Chaconne sont d’une grande musicienne. À côté de Préludes de Chopin inégaux, quelle fraicheur dans la Sonate D 664 de Schubert. Et que cette Sonate no 18 de Beethoven a fiére allure.
February 2020 ∙ French Classica ∙ Jean-Charles Hoffelé ∙ Reine Gianoli ∙ Piano Recitals in France
Le double album de récitals des années 1960 permet de mieux apprécier l’art serein et discret de Reine Gianoli (1915-1979) cherchant la poésie plutôt que l’exaltation jusque dans une Sonate no 1 de Schumann ou des Préludes de Chopin qui exposent les limites de ses mains menues mieux douées pour les Opus les plus tendres de Schubert (petite La majeur D. 664) ou pour reconduire le Beethoven de la Sonate no 18 à Haydn.