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Un long voyage

Pierre Wissmer 

Victoire de la Musique, 2003

The French-Swiss composer Pierre Wissmer never stopped travelling through music, be it modern, neoclassical or contemporary. Initially showing diverse influences (César Franck, Daniel Lesur), his style developed into a completely unique sound universe distinguished by graceful purpose and force of character, much like the migrating monarch butterflies. Spanning a 35 year period, the piano and chamber music works presented in this CD offer you the discovery of heretofore unknown musical spheres.

Throughout his life Pierre Wissmer’s trips between two homelands – France and Switzerland – nourished his musical imagination. In this wood engraving entitled ‘Long Voyage’ (2001), the American artist Jean Lodge captures the swirling movement of the butterflies enhanced by the natural vein of the wood, calling to mind their annual migration to a wintering site in Mexico four thousand kilometers from North America. As Wissmer said: One must compose with ‘the intuition of a water diviner’ and know how to find a state of equilibrium when the long voyage has come to an end. Such is the case of the millions of butterflies which, from one generation to another, succeed in alighting on the same tree in the forest of Michoacán.

Trio Steuermann :
Maiko Matsuoka, violon
Christophe Mathias, violoncelle
Anne de Fornel, piano

T.T. 52'31
1 CD
© 2013

15,00 €

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HORTUS 094 | CD DDD ℗ Hortus | T.T. 52'31
  Pierre Wissmer (1915-1992)
  Sonatine pour violon et piano  
1. Allegro 4'29
2. Romance 3'54
3. Rondo 4'00
  Sonate pour piano  
4. Allegro 4'59
5. Andante 5'16
6. Allegro 4'46
  Trois études pour piano  
7. Etude n°1 pour la main droite - Allegro 3'21
8. Etude n°2 pour la main gauche - Allegro 3'59
9. Etude n°3 pour les deux mains - Allegro 2'26
  Trio adelfiano pour trio avec piano  
10. Prélude et fugue 4'04
11. Nocturne 4'51
12. Meletouga 6'00

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