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Music Web International: "This is a showcase for Miki's amazing talent".

Hailed as ‘Queen of the classical accordion’, Mie Miki made her first public appearance at the age of five, and has since then given countless concerts. This CD brings together pieces that she doesn’t necessarily perform in public, however – rather they are the ones that she plays when needing to take a break from practising her next concert programme: old friends and new, childhood acquaintancies, and some surprise guests from a wholly different musical universe. Pieces for harpsichord (Daquin’s Cuckoo or Handel’s Blacksmith) or piano (Stravinsky’s Tango and Schubert’s two Moments musicaux) rub shoulders with original accordion compositions such as Wolfgang Jacobi’s Sérénade. Moods range from the irrepressible Miss Karting, straight out of the great French musette tradition, and the breakneck comedy of Road Runner, to the intense pathos of Astor Piazzolla’s Chiquilín de Bachín and the calm serenity of A Spotless Rose, in Brahms’ setting (originally an organ prelude). As Mie Miki explains in her introduction, the disc ‘represents a mosaic landscape, a product of coincidences, dreams, journeys, memories and nostalgia’, from which the listener is free to choose pieces according to mood and whim – finding something suitable for any occasion. And this performer’s ability to capture all of this with her wonderfully expressive instrument has been tried and tested – for instance on her recording of Grieg piano pieces, BIS-CD-1629, of which the reviewer in Fanfare wrote: ‘It would be hard not to like this CD… it brings a smile to my lips whenever I play it.’
 
Extra material for download
 
 
  Composer: Daquin, Louis-Claude
  Le Coucou from 3ème Suite, 1er livre de pièces de clavecin, 1735
01 Le Coucou from 3ème Suite, 1er livre de pièces de
clavecin, 1735
01:40 $ 0.35 USD
 
 
  Composer: Rameau, Jean-Philippe
  Rigaudon 1 & 2 from Pièces de clavecin, 1724
02 Rigaudon 1 & 2 from Pièces de clavecin, 1724 01:14 $ 0.26 USD
 
 
  Composer: Scarlatti, Domenico
  Sonata in C minor, K11. Allegro
03 Sonata in C minor, K11. Allegro 02:40 $ 0.56 USD
 
 
  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
  Aria and Variations ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’ from
Suite No.5 for harpsichord, HWV430
04 Aria and Variations ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’ from
Suite No.5 for harpsichord, HWV430
04:46 $ 1.00 USD
 
 
  Composer: Jacobi, Wolfgang
  Sérénade from Divertissement pour accordéon
05 Sérénade from Divertissement pour accordéon 03:37 $ 0.76 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schubert, Franz
  Moment musical in F minor, D780/3. Allegro moderato
06 Moment musical in F minor, D780/3. Allegro moderato 01:46 $ 0.37 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schubert, Franz
  Moment musical in F minor, D780/5. Allegro vivace
07 Moment musical in F minor, D780/5. Allegro vivace 02:32 $ 0.53 USD
 
 
  Composer: Brahms, Johannes
  Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen. No.8 from 11 Choral-Vorspiele
für die Orgel, Op.122
08 Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen. No.8 from 11 Choral-Vorspiele
für die Orgel, Op.122
03:34 $ 0.75 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ibert, Jacques
  Le vieux mendiant from Histoires for piano solo
09 Le vieux mendiant from Histoires for piano solo 02:22 $ 0.50 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ibert, Jacques
  Le petit âne blanc from Histoires for piano solo
10 Le petit âne blanc from Histoires for piano solo 01:52 $ 0.39 USD
 
 
  Composer: Stravinsky, Igor
  Tango for piano solo
11 Tango for piano solo 02:58 $ 0.62 USD
 
 
  Composer: Glass, Philip
  Modern Love Waltz for piano solo
12 Modern Love Waltz for piano solo 01:49 $ 0.38 USD
 
 
  Composer: Astier, André
  Miss Karting
13 Miss Karting 02:08 $ 0.45 USD
 
 
  Composer: Rossi, Joë
  Novelty Polka
14 Novelty Polka 02:36 $ 0.55 USD
 
 
  Composer: Legrand, Michel
  Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
15 Les Parapluies de Cherbourg 04:10 $ 0.88 USD
 
 
  Composer: Piazzolla, Astor
  S.V.P. (S’il vous plaît)
16 S.V.P. (S’il vous plaît) 02:44 $ 0.57 USD
 
 
  Composer: Piazzolla, Astor
  Chiquilín de Bachín
17 Chiquilín de Bachín 03:52 $ 0.81 USD
 
 
  Composer: Piazzolla, Astor
  Chau Paris
18 Chau Paris 02:46 $ 0.58 USD
 
 
  Composer: Piazzolla, Astor
  La Bicicleta Blanca
19 La Bicicleta Blanca 04:46 $ 1.00 USD
 
 
  Composer: Confrey, Edward
  Dizzy Fingers
20 Dizzy Fingers 01:44 $ 0.36 USD
 
 
  Composer: Zorn, John
  Road Runner
21 Road Runner 05:04 $ 1.06 USD
 
  Polonaise in A minor, ‘Farewell to the Fatherland’
22 Polonaise in A minor, ‘Farewell to the Fatherland’ 03:28 $ 0.73 USD
 
 
  Composer: Shostakovich, Dmitri
  Farewell Waltz from Roundabout of Dances
23 Farewell Waltz from Roundabout of Dances 02:24 $ 0.50 USD
 
  Album total 01:06:32
ComposerAstier, André
Brahms, Johannes
Confrey, Edward
Daquin, Louis-Claude
Glass, Philip
Händel, Georg Friedrich
Ibert, Jacques
Jacobi, Wolfgang
Legrand, Michel
Piazzolla, Astor
Rameau, Jean-Philippe
Rossi, Joë
Scarlatti, Domenico
Schubert, Franz
Shostakovich, Dmitri
Stravinsky, Igor
Zorn, John
AccordionMiki, Mie

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