Thanks for the appreciation David, glad you like it so much. The main theme of no.1 reappears in nos. 2 and 7 of the set.
I had never heard of Magnard or his music. It has astonishing beauty! And your playing was excellent too. It's wonderful when really great late romantic music such as this is performed again. I read that this composer died defending his home during WWI. His house was then set ablaze and nearly all his manuscripts were burned. With that he became a national hero. Tragic indeed though! One is always left wondering what else he might have composed over a much longer lifetime.
Yes who knows what riches may have perished. Good job that courageous Magnard published many of his works on his own expenses.
However, this page http://www.durand-salabert-eschig.com/f ... lberic.pdf
suggests that most manuscripts were saved :L'édifice est brûlé, la plupart de ses partitions sauvées
. Which would be strange given that the composer seems to have died in the blaze.
So now I'm not sure what happened there.
I noticed that his Op. 1 is "Three Pieces for Piano". Ordinarily we're a bit put off by an Op. 1 as perhaps being a requirement for Composition class at a conservatory. But then there is Berg's Op. 1, his Sonata for piano. Similarly, I recall when I found and recorded Medtner's Op. 1, The "Prologue from Eight Mood Pictures"--it turned out to be of very high quality in every respect. So if you can find the music, Magnard's Op. 1 might hold some surprises.
Indeed I learned that there are a couple more pieces in the catalog. I'd certainly look into this op.1 if I could track it down - but I can't so far.