Newstalgia Weekend Gramophone featuring the Pierre Jamet String Quintet and music of Gabriel Pierne`, recorded by French Radio from a studio session in 1955.
April 16, 2012

Gabriel Pierne` - contemporary of Ravel. Noted composer and conductor.

Digging again into the Transcriptions of 1940's and 1950's French Radio.The music of Gabriel Pierne` this week, as performed by The Pierre Jamet String Quintet, featuring Pierre Jamet on Harp, in a performance of Pierne's Variations Libres et Finale op. 51. Recorded by French Radio in 1955, and as far as I know, not re-issued in any form.

Gabriel Pierne` was a prolific composer, but during his lifetime he was equally well known as a conductor whose legendary recordings of the 1920's and 30's were sought after for years by collectors. They've been reissued at various times over the years. While Pierne` the composer underwent a period of obscurity, being overshadowed by his contemporaries Ravel, Debussy, Satie and Stravinsky. But time has shone a little more light on the lesser luminaries of the period, and the music of Pierne` has been getting performed and recorded more regularly of late.

A nice closer to the weekend.

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