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Complete piano music of Tristan Murail
MARILYN NONKEN

Murail's music belongs to the French tradition of Debussy, Ravel and Messiaen. However it also revitalises the piano for the modern day in a way that is exploratory and startling. His music is not for the piano, it is about the piano, requiring delicacy, spontaneity and an enormous level of skill, such as that displayed by Marilyn Nonken.

playing time: CD1 57:31   CD2  39:19  
direct sale price:  £12.00
audio  sample:  Les Travoux et les Jours: no. 5 (beginning)
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tracks:
Comme un oeil suspendu et poli par le songe;
Estuaire;
Territoires de l'Oubli;
Cloches d'adieu, et un sourire;
La Mandragore;
Les Travaux et les Jours

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“While listening I am constantly possessed by an impression of something beyond the world, not conventionally religious, but spiritual. This is music to which I shall be happy to return. As for the performances you can rest assured that in Marilyn Nonken we are hearing a musician of outstanding qualities. It is evident that she knows, strongly characterises and loves this music. She has performed it and many other 'difficult' contemporary works all over the world and is a pianist in whom we can trust. Her mastery of Murail's sonorities and her virtuosity are truly remarkable and demand attention.” - Gary Higginson (MusicWeb)
“Debussy and Messiaen live on in the filigree and chords of Murail's poetic piano compositions. True to form, Metier captures these atmospheric works and Nonken's artistry superbly.” - Grant Chu Covell (La Folia)