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Nympheas (1908) by Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Private Collection / Photo © Peter Nahum at The Leicester Galleries, London / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67731/2
Recording details: September 2010
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: March 2011
Total duration: 11 minutes 40 seconds

'[Osborne's] awe-inspiring technical command in the Gaspard gives even Michelangeli a run for his money, and I have yet to hear a more sovereign performance of the half-hour Miroirs from any living pianists. Osborne is also near-perfect in the Valses nobles et sentimentales and his La valse is jaw dropping' (Pianist)

La valse
composer
piano solo version of the ballet La valse, completed in 1920; probably intended as a rehearsal aid

La valse  [11'40]

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Artur Pizarro (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Why Ravel stopped composing for the piano, no one knows. Maybe the store of new ideas and techniques simply ran dry. Filling the void more than adequately is the piano solo version of his ballet La valse, completed in 1920. As with Daphnis and Chloé, this piano score was originally intended merely for the rehearsal pianist. But whereas the piano version of Daphnis really forfeits too much of the ballet’s lush orchestral sound, in that of La valse the piano’s essentially percussive nature adds to the score’s rhythmic drive, as the waltz’s seductive strains are wrenched apart and finally smashed. The result is a tour de force, worthy of Liszt at his most Mephistophelian.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2011


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'Ravel: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 1' (CKD290)
Ravel: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 1
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