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Catalogue d'oiseaux / La Fauvette des Jardins
Anatol Ugorski
Deutsche Grammophon "Trio" 474 345 (3 CDs)

Contents:

    Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Book 1 (1956-58)
  1. Le Chocard des Alpes
  2. Le Loriot
  3. Le Merle bleu

  4. Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Book 2 (1956-58)
  5. Le Traquet Stapazin

  6. Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Book 3 (1956-58)
  7. La Chouette Hulotte
  8. L'Alouette Lulu
    Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Book 4 (1956-58)
  1. La Rousserolle Effarvatte

  2. Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Book 5 (1956-58)
  3. L'Alouette Calandrelle
  4. La Bouscarle

  5. Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Book 6 (1956-58)
  6. Le Merle de roche
    Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Book 7 (1956-58)
  1. La Buse variable
  2. Le Traquet rieur
  3. Le Courlis cendré
  4. La Fauvette des Jardins (1970)

Performer: Anatol Ugorski (piano)

Playing time: 181'

Recording dates: March & April & July & November 1993 (Berlin); reissued: 2003

There are multiple quality performances & recordings of this set of music. This one is a slight preference. One interesting thing about these pieces & these performances is that they are very recognizable as the identical music. Maybe that should not count as "interesting" but as someone accustomed to medieval music, I suppose the precision of a modern score is a change of pace.

The classic recording which was a favorite for years:

Catalogue d'Oiseaux
Peter Hill
books 1-3: Unicorn Kanchana 9062
books 4-6: Unicorn Kanchana 9075
book 7 / Fauvette: Unicorn Kanchana 9090

The above actually holds up rather well, even if I do have a slight preference for this newer recording.

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T. M. McComb