ComposerJean-Michel Damase
ArtistNicholas Unwin
LabelSOMM (SOMM CD034)
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Piano music by Jean-Michel Damase (b.1928)

Damase was born into a musical family in Bordeau and by the age of 12 was taking piano lessons with Alfred Cortot. He studied composition with Henri Paul Busser (pupil of Gounod, Franck and Widor, and orchestrator of Debussy) and harmony and counterpoint with the great organist Marcel Dupre. Damase won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1947. The same year saw him making his professional debut as a pianist and soon thereafter he started to make recordings with the French Decca label.

Damase's compositional style is akin to Debussy, Ravel, Poulemc and Prokofiev but it becomes obvious from even his early work, that he is perfectly able to weld these influences into a convincing vehicle of his own persuasive language.

Nicholas Unwin studied at the Royal College of Music, London winning the prestigious Chappell Gold medal as well as the Cyril Smith Recital Prize. He has been keen to promote the music of 20th century composers and his CD recordings of the Tippett Sonatas have won particular recognition for him.

Introduction et Allegro (1992)
Theme et Variations (1956)
Sonate (1953)
Apparition (1968)
Huit Etudes (1977)
Sonatine (1992)

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Tracks on this CD

Jean-Michel Damase Introduction et Allegro
1.Introduction et Allegro
Jean-Michel Damase Thème et Variations
3.Allegro moderato
4.Poco più mosso
5.Plus calme
6.Tempo du thème
10.Poco più lento
11.Allegretto tranquillo
12.A tempo poco più mosso
14.Poco più mosso
15.Allegro ma non troppo
16.Molto moderato
Jean-Michel Damase Sonate
Jean-Michel Damase Apparition
Jean-Michel Damase Huit Etudes
21.No.1 Allegro
22.No.2 Allegretto
23.No.3 Vivace
24.No.4 Scherzando
25.No.5 Allegro deciso
26.No.6 Andantino
27.No.7 Allegro vivo
28.No.8 Presto
Jean-Michel Damase Sonatine

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