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Prior to this composer’s marriage, several lengthy periods of separation from his beloved amplified the swings between prolific creativity and difficult dry periods which were already part of his intense personality. During a creative upswing, he wrote this set of piano miniatures. Taken as a whole, they depict the games, joys, and sorrows of childhood. Virtuosi beware, however: these aren’t flashy showpieces, but are difficult and mature works all the same. The composer himself said that a performer has to “forget [he or she] is a virtuoso in order to perform them”…

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Georges Bizet (1831-1875): Selections from CHILDREN’S GAMES
Charles Dutoit/Montreal Symphony Orchestra — Fête à la française (Polygram Records, 1990)
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Georges Bizet (1831-1875): Selections from CHILDREN’S GAMES
Charles Dutoit/Montreal Symphony Orchestra — Fête à la française (Polygram Records, 1990)
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Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924): Turandot: Nessun Dorma; Non piangere, Liú
José Cura, tenor; Placido Domingo/Philharmonia Orchestra — José Cura - Puccini Arias (Erato, 1997)
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Erik Satie (1866-1925): Selections from SPORTS AND DIVERTISMENTS
Eve Egoyan, piano — Erik Satie: Hidden Corners (CBC, 2002)
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Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): ROMAN FESTIVALS: Circus
Giuseppe Sinopoli/New York Philharmonic — Respighi: Fontane Di Roma/Pini Di Roma/Feste Romane (Polygram Records, 1993)
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Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764): THE AMOROUS INDIES “Reign, pleasures and games”
Patricia Petibon, soprano; Patrick Cohën-Akenine/Les Folies Françoises — Patricia Petibon ~ French baroque arias (Virgin France, 2002)
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Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826): FREISCHÜTZ: Folksong; Hunter’s Chorus
Karita Mattilla, soprano; Colin Davis/Radio Chorus of Leipzig & Staatskapella Dresden — Weber: Der Freischütz (Polygram Records, 1993)
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Bela Bartok (1881-1945): Concerto for Orchestra
Fritz Reiner/Chicago Symphony — Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta; Hungarian Sketches (RCA, 1993)
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John Lennon (1940-1980): Mind Games
Plastic U. F. Ono Band — Mind Games (Capitol, 1973)
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Arthur Honegger (1892-1955): SYMPHONIC MOVEMENT #2: RUGBY
Michel Plasson/Capitol of Toulouse Orchestra — Pacific 231 / Horace Victorieux (Polygram Records, 1993)
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Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Scenes from Childhood
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano — The Art of Ashkenazy (Decca, 2000)
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Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995): Fanfare and March of the Charioteers; Finale
Miklós Rózsa/MGM Studio Orchestra — Ben-Hur (Sony, 1991)
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Joseph Suk (1874-1935): Towards A New Life
John Williams/Boston Pops Orchestra — Summon the Heroes (Sony, 2000)
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Clint Ballard, Jr.: The Game of Love
Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders — The Game of Love (Star Club)
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