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Pascal Rogé

Pascal Rogé

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“Pascal Rogé and French music are synonymous”

“Rogé plays accurately and expressively – all the right notes and just about everything these notes have to say”.

"He is not a pianist who dramatizes his strengths and talents ... But the results were impressive and captivating, from the reflective, serious opening through its gossamer scherzo and the furious show-off tarantella finale”.
Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto No. 2

"His approach to Poulenc’s Piano Concerto was smart, lithe and witty, his phrases bursting with felicitous expression without being showy”.

"By far the most enjoyable record of piano music I have heard for ages; the sort of collection that makes you positively impatient for the music to end so that you can go back to the beginning and hear it all over again”.
Satie & Poulenc, piano solo works

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Pascal Rogé - After The Rain
Pascal Rogé - Satie

Gymnopédies Nos. 1, 2, 3

Poulenc
Pascal and Ami Rogé - Poulenc

Sonata for piano four-hands

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Biography

Biography Pascal Rogé

Pascal Rogé exemplifies the finest in French pianism. Born in Paris, he was a student of the Paris Conservatory and was also mentored by Julius Katchen and the great Nadia Boulanger. Winner of George Enescu piano competition and 1st prize of Marguerite Long Piano competition, he became an exclusive Decca recording artist at the age of seventeen. His playing of Poulenc, Satie, Fauré, Saint-Saëns and especially Ravel, is characterized by its elegance, beauty and stylistically perfect phrasing.

Mr. Rogé has performed in almost every major concert hall in the world and with every major orchestra across the globe and has collaborated with the most distinguished conductors in history, including Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur, Edo de Waart, Alan Gilbert, David Zinman, Marek Janowski, Sir Andrew Davis, Raymond Leppard and others.

One of the world’s most distinguished recording artists, Pascal Rogé has won many prestigious awards, including two Gramophone Awards, a Grand Prix du Disque and an Edison Award for his interpretations of the Ravel and Saint- Saens concerti along with the complete piano works of Ravel, Poulenc and Satie.

Several years ago, Mr. Rogé began a new and ambitious recording project for Onyx called the Rogé Edition. With the Vienna Radio Symphony under Bertrand de Billy, he has recently recorded two CDs of both of the Ravel Piano Concerti and the Gershwin Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue.

Recently, Pascal
 has
 enjoyed
 playing
 recitals
 for four-hands/two-pianos with
 his
 partner 
in life and in music Ami Rogé.
 Together, they
 have travelled
 the
 world 
appearing at
 prestigious
 festivals and
 concert halls and recorded
 several
 CDs
 dedicated
 to
 the
 French 
2 
pianos 
and 
4 
hands repertoire. In 2011 they have given the 
premiere
 of a
 newly commissioned Concerto
 for
 Two
 Pianos
 by
 the
 Australian composer
 Matthew
 Hindson
 with
 the Sydney 
Symphony
 Orchestra
 conducted by
 Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Recently chairman of the Geneva Piano competition, Pascal Rogé is also dedicated to teaching and gives regular masterclasses in France, Japan, United States and United Kingdom.

Programmes

Repertoire 2016


Concertos

  • Saint-Saëns - Nos. 2, 5
  • Ravel - G Major, Left Hand
  • Franck - Symphonic Variations *
  • Poulenc - Solo Concerto *, Concerto for Two Pianos
    * to be combined in one programme

Solo programme proposal

Debussy - Suite Bergamasque
Ravel - Sonatine
Poulenc  - Les Soirées de Nazelles
Debussy - Preludes (Book 1)

Duo programme proposal: Erik Satie's 150th Birthday - 2016

Pascal and Ami RogéPascal Rogé, widely recognised as the world's leading Satie interpreter, would like to propose a specially devised programme featuring his music.

Pascal Rogé recorded a very wide variety of Erik Satie's music over his 25 years as a Decca artist, including the global phenomenon's Après la pluie and Piano Dreams - two compilations of Satie's solo piano repertoire which achieved classical chart-topping sales.

Erik Satie was born in 1866, the son of a French ship builder and his Scottish wife. Although Satie entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1879, he was quickly thrown out for his exceptional laziness.

He published his first work in 1887 and around this time worked as a pianist in a number of Montmartre cafes, meeting places of writers and painters as well as musicians. This experience helped shape the distinctive style for which Satie became famous and which influenced Ravel and Debussy. This is characterised by clarity, restraint and a particularly dreamlike purity which has made his music accessible far beyond a traditional classical audience.

The programme which includes solo and four hands/one piano with Ami Rogé, concentrates on Satie's association with the composers of Les Six, including Francis Poulenc and with Serge Diaghilev's Ballets russes, JeanCocteau and Pablo Picasso, the artistic creators of the first surrealist ballet Parade.

SATIE: La Belle Excentrique
DEBUSSY: Petite Suite
SATIE: Morceaux en forme de poire
  Gnossiennes Nos. 2 & 5 (piano solo)
  Croquis et agaceries d'un gros bonhomme en bois (piano solo)
RAVEL: Ma mère l’oye
interval  
SATIE: Gymnopédies Nos. 2 & 3 (piano solo)
  Je te veux (piano solo)
MILHAUD: Enfantines
SATIE: Parade
TAILLEFERRE:    Images
HONEGGER: Pastorale d'été
POULENC: Mouvements perpétuels (piano solo)
POULENC: Sonate