Germaine Thyssens-Valentin – Franck: Prélude, aria et final & Prélude, choral et fugue (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 45:24 minutes | 894 MB | Genre: Classical
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She was born as Germaine Suzanna Jeanne Thyssens in Maastricht in the Netherlands, the eldest of the three children of a Dutch father, born Joannes Jacobus Thijssen but known as Jean-Jacques Thyssens, and his wife Jeanne Caroline Schmidt, who was from Alsace. Jean-Jacques, who was director of Peugeot in Belgium, died in July 1907, when his eldest child was not quite five years old. Encouraged by her mother, she began to study the piano when she was about five years old, and later also studied the harpsichord. At the age of eight she made her concert debut playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, winning high praise from the critics.She studied at the Royal Academy of Liège, and in 1914, at the age of 13, entered the Conservatoire de Paris, which was then headed by Gabriel Fauré. She studied in the class of Isidor Philipp and later of Marguerite Long. To support herself while a student, she gave piano lessons and played incidental music in cinemas. In 1920 she was awarded the first prize at the Conservatoire in piano and in musical history.
In December 1924 Thyssens married Paul Valentin, and hyphenated his name with hers. By now she had begun to establish herself as a piano soloist, appearing with leading chamber musicians and with the Concerts Colonne, but she gave up her musical career completely to raise her family of five children.
1-1. Germaine Thyssens-Valentin – Prélude, choral et fugue, FWV 21: Prélude (05:56)
1-2. Germaine Thyssens-Valentin – Prélude, choral et fugue, FWV 21: Choral (07:05)
1-3. Germaine Thyssens-Valentin – Prélude, choral et fugue, FWV 21: Fugue (08:17)
1-4. Germaine Thyssens-Valentin – Prélude, aria et final, FWV 23: Prélude (10:26)
1-5. Germaine Thyssens-Valentin – Prélude, aria et final, FWV 23: Aria (07:01)
1-6. Germaine Thyssens-Valentin – Prélude, aria et final, FWV 23: Final (06:35)