French Pianist Claudette Sorel Rediscovered

Claudette Sorel Rediscovered

Claudette Sorel plays selected works for solo in a commemorative edition of two albums the pianist piano. 

Sorel (1932-1999) a French-American pianist and a committed advocate of equal rights for women in the arts, left France with her family in 1940 and migrated to the United States, where she studied at the Juilliard School of Music and at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute.

While researching the piano music of composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, Sorel discovered two nocturnes by the composer that had been neither published nor performed before. She premiered these in 1973 at a recital celebrating the composer’s centenary, unfortunately her last public appearance, as soon thereafter she was injured in a fall and never performed again. 

This recording includes bravura pieces by Raff and Moszkowski, Fredric Chopin’s Sonata No. 3, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Nocturne in A Minor Op10, in addition to the three Nocturnes she unearthed.

Throughout this invaluable recording, available from Amazon Music, Sorel displays tremendous technical prowess, coupled to elegant musicality and acute sensitivity.

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