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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CKD315
Recording details: April 2008
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: October 2008
Total duration: 6 minutes 22 seconds

'Maurice Ravel's liquid keyboard music runs like cool, clean water through the expert hands of pianist Artur Pizarro. His refined sensitivity to this gossamer repertoire makes this, his second album of Ravel, a recording to treasure. He handles the first movement of the Sonatine in masterly fashion and displays a profound understanding of the nuances of Valse nobles et sentimentales, coupled here with Pavane pour une infante défunte. A quixotic reading of the always rewarding Le tombeau de Couperin completes a delightful selection' (The Observer)

'Pizarro opens this magical recital with two of Ravel's most heart-warming miniatures, the Prélude and Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn, which between them embrace some of Ravel's most poignant harmonies. This is music that should seduce simply by the sound it makes and Pizarro's supple, affectionate, detailed yet gracefully natural performances get right to the heart of the matter … the greatest challenge here is Le tombeau de Couperin, and here again Pizarro proves equal to the music's coruscating demands, imparting a seductive warmth to the 'Fugue' (always a tricky movement) and a hypnotically light-as-air quality to the 'Prélude' … for those who value above all the intoxicating allure of these treasurable pieces, Pizarro has no rivals' (International Record Review) » More

'Pizarro demonstrates admirable technique and displays some great insight into compositions that I felt I knew inside out. Ravel was a master painter with a really wide palette and this artist seems to have a real gift for offering the listener a rich, colourful and very satisfying experience from his outstanding playing. We are not short of Ravel discs but I would place this (and the first volume) the top of the list. A set of simply superb performances from beginning to end that gets my highest recommendation' (Hi-Fi Plus)

'Pizarro deutet „seinen“ Ravel komplex: Konzentriert und impulsiv, beherrscht und temperamentvoll, klangsinnig und hörend, strukturell und emotional erwärmt. Auch diese Wandlungsfähigkeit macht seine Interpretation so interessant' (Klassik.com, Germany) » More
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Menuet antique
composer
1895; published in 1898; first performed by Ricardo Vi˝es on 18 April 1898

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Angela Hewitt (piano)
Steven Osborne (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFranšaisDeutsch
The spirit of Chabrier lies behind the central section of the Menuet antique of 1895, the first of Ravel’s works to be published (in 1898). The piece’s ‘antiquity’ comes out in the flattened leading notes of cadences. Altogether more modern, and Ravelian, are the harmonic scrunches, beginning with the very first chord, that lend impetus to the imitative lines which follow. Rhythmically too, Ravel plays games with the minuet form, often grouping his phrases in twos rather than threes.

The first public performance of the Menuet was given on 18 April 1898 by a pianist and friend who was to prove an invaluable champion of Ravel’s music for most of the next decade. Ricardo Viñes, a Spaniard who had become a friend of Ravel at the Conservatoire, was a brilliant pianist with an exceptional range of keyboard colours (according to one acquaintance, ‘an express bar of delights’).

from notes by Roger Nichols ę 2011


Other albums featuring this work
'Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDA67341/2)
Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music
'Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDA67731/2)
Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music

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