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À la manière de Borodine

composer
1912

Artur Pizarro (piano)
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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: 1 minutes 37 seconds
 
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À la manière de Borodine  [1'37]

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Reviews

'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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Ravel's friend the composer and pianist Alfredo Casella had published a group of six pastiches in 1911 and was planning a second volume, to which he invited Ravel to contribute. The two subjects chosen by Ravel were among his favourite composers. The Borodin pastiche is a waltz that makes characteristic use of chromatic harmonies over ostinato pedals, echoing the ‘Sérénade’ from Borodin’s Petite suite and the scherzo of his Second String Quartet.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2011

Un ami de Ravel, le compositeur et pianiste Alfredo Casella, avait publié un ensemble de six pastiches en 1911 et projetait alors un second volume, auquel il a proposé à Ravel d’apporter sa contribution. Les deux sujets choisis par Ravel figurent parmi ses compositeurs préférés. Le pastiche de Borodine est une valse qui fait un usage caractéristique des harmonies chromatiques sur des pédales ostinato, rappelant la «Sérénade» de la Petite Suite de Borodine et le scherzo de son Quatuor à cordes no 2.

extrait des notes rédigées par Roger Nichols © 2011
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Ravels Freund, der Komponist und Pianist Alfredo Casella hatte 1911 eine Reihe von sechs Pasticcios veröffentlicht, plante nun einen zweiten Band und bat Ravel, dazu etwas beizutragen. Die beiden Themen, die Ravel auswählte, stammten von zwei seiner Lieblingskomponisten. Das Borodin-Pasticcio ist ein Walzer, in dem chromatische Harmonien über ostinaten Bassnoten in charakteristischer Weise erklingen, womit auf die „Sérénade“ aus Borodins Petite suite und das Scherzo aus seinem Zweiten Streichquartett angespielt wird.

aus dem Begleittext von Roger Nichols © 2011
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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