16 Portraits: Michel-Georges Brégent

2005
Label: Centrediscs / Centredisques
Order No: CMCCD 10805

Christina Petrowska Quilico, piano

In this first complete performance of Michel-Georges Brégent's 16 Portraits, pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico wanted the listener to experience the intimacy, passion and raw emotion of the music as if reading a secret diary, with the electrifying immediacy that only a live performance can give.

CD 1: 1-9. Portraits, études Romantiques pour piano
CD 2: 10-16. Portraits, études Romantiques pour piano

Espace Musique
«Une véritable révélation! J'ai parcouru ces 16 portraits sous les doigts de Christina Petrowska Quilico comme on tourne les pages d'un journal intime: avec respect et avec émotion. Et quand c'est fini, on a le goût de recommencer.»

"A veritable revelation!  I went through these 16 portraits under the fingers of Christina Petrowska Quilico as one turns the pages of an intimate journal: with respect and with emotion.  And when it was finished, one felt like beginning all over again."

- SRC: Espace Musique
Sequenza21
"Performed here with great sensitivity by his former wife, the 16 Portraits are a welcome addition to the repertoire. While they clearly owe a debt to Rachmaninoff, Brégent was an original voice who died too young."

- Sequenza21
Splendid Magazine
"The most striking thing about these sixteen piano pieces, aside from the skill with which Quilico performs them, is how Romantic they seem.... 16 Portraits is an excellent performance of some highly listenable and intriguing work."

- Splendid Magazine
Fanfare Magazine
"Composer Michel-Georges aptly described these works as études romantiques.  Although they make fearsome demands on the pianist, they are not etudes in the sense that they develop any particular technical skill...instead, they seem to be 'studies' in the emotional or intellectual sense...Brégent's overall style, which might be described as heavy-metal Rachmaninoff, holds one's attention. If you have any doubts, apparently [an] eminent pianist has expressed interest in Brégent's music. However, Christina Petrowska Quilico got there first. I don't think she is likely to be outdone."

- Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare Magazine