Daniel Clarke Bouchards – Scenes d’enfants (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:51 minutes | 820 MB | Genre: Classical
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At just 13 years old, the Québécois pianist Daniel Clarke Bouchard is already a sensation on the Montréal music scene. ATMA Classique presents Scènes d’enfants, his tailor-made debut solo recording, featuring music by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Haydn and Chopin. The hugely talented Clarke Bouchard is also a jazz enthusiast and joins his mentor — jazz great, Oliver Jones — on two jazz-inspired tracks performed on two pianos: an improvisation on Mozart’s Ah vous dirai-je maman variations, and Claude Léveillée’s Grande valse fofolle, a piece the two performed live at the 2012 Francofolies de Montréal.
Teenage piano sensation Daniel Clarke Bouchard was awarded an ADISQ Award in Quebec in 2014 for Classical Album of the Year, Soloist or Small Ensemble for this record. Bouchard became a sensation on the Montréal and world music scene, including appearances at Carnegie Hall and on the Ellen DeGeneres show, at the age of only 13. On Scenes d’enfants, his tailor-made debut solo recording, Bouchard presents this programme of music by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Haydn and Chopin. The hugely talented Clarke Bouchard is also a jazz enthusiast and joins his mentor Oliver Jones on two jazz-inspired tracks performed on two pianos: an improvisation on Mozart’s Ah vous dirai-je maman Variations and Claude Léveillée’s Grande valse fofolle.
“This CD has been carefully planned and executed so as to show young Daniel at his best, playing repertoire that suits him at this stage of his life. “Scènes d’enfants” is the title of the album: Scenes from Childhood, after the Schumann piano work by the same name. Though all the pieces chosen are youthful in spirit, it does not mean they are intended to be played by students. On the contrary, some of them are very difficult indeed. Daniel understands this music, and he is more than equal to every technical challenge.” (La Scena Musicale)
01 – Mozart: Fantasia for 2 Pianos on Mozart’s 12 Variations in C Major on Ah vous dirai-je, maman, K. 265
02 – Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899: No. 2 in E-Flat Major
03 – Mendelssohn: Rondo capriccioso in E Major, Op. 14, MWV U67
04 – Beethoven: Rondo a capriccio in G Major, Op. 129, “Rage over a lost penny”
05 – Haydn: Keyboard Sonata No. 47 in B Minor, Hob.XVI:32: II. Menuet
06 – Haydn: Keyboard Sonata No. 47 in B Minor, Hob.XVI:32: III. Finale: Presto
07 – Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K. 332: I. Allegro
08 – Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K. 332: II. Adagio
09 – Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K. 332: III. Allegro assai
10 – Schumann: Kinderszenen (Scenes of Childhood), Op. 15: No. 1. Von fremden Landern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and People)
11 – Debussy: Children’s Corner: I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
12 – Claude Léveillée: La Grande valse fofolle with two pianos
Produced and Edited by Johanne Goyette.
Recorded in September 2013 at Salle Françoys-Bernier, Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, (Québec) Canada.
Salle Pierre-Mercure (Centre Pierre-Péladeau), Montréal, (Québec), Canada.
Daniel Clarke Bouchard – piano
Oliver Jones – piano