Audrey Abela is a truly exceptional pianist who specialises in the repertoire of her native France. En Suite is Audrey Abela’s beautifully poised, nuanced tribute to the French suite, from its origins in the Baroque masterpieces of Couperin and Rameau, to the sensitive 20th-century tributes of Debussy and Ravel.
French pianist Audrey Abela now lives in New York, but with this album she seeks to celebrate her origins and in particular her affinity with the French pianists of the golden age, such as Alfred Cortot and Marguerite Long, who said that “French piano playing is lucid, precise, and slender. Even though it may often prioritise grace over strength, it always keeps a rightful sense of balance and proportion, and it does not give in to any other playing style in terms of power, profundity, and inner emotion.” These are Abela’s guiding principles in her stunning interpretations on this album.
The programme aims to encapsulate French art in all its elegance and refinement.