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Track(s) taken from CDA67341/2

À la manière de Chabrier

composer
1912

Angela Hewitt (piano)
Recording details: August 2001
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ludger Böckenhoff
Engineered by Ludger Böckenhoff
Release date: April 2002
Total duration: 2 minutes 13 seconds

Cover artwork: Near St Tropez (1892) by Hubert de la Rochefoucauld
Galerie L'Ergasterre, Paris / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Reviews

'Angela Hewitt plumbs Ravel's paradoxical qualities to perfection in this superb set. This magnificent survey … a treasure trove! Angela Hewitt joins Gieseking, Rogé, Thibaudet and Lortie among the most distinguished if entirely different Ravel cycles on record, and easily withstands comparison in such exalted company' (Gramophone)

'This newcomer from Hyperion is second to none and will now probably be a first choice for many collectors' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Hewitt’s is, unlike a number of other versions of Ravel’s œuvre, a highly worthwhile venture, full of stylish, intelligent playing' (International Record Review)

'Ravel trickles fluently through her fingers' (The Times)

'Hewitt reveals textural detail rarely heard in other performances … A thought-provoking set' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Delighful' (The Scotsman)

'unique qualities of tone, style, and conscientious craftsmanship' (Fanfare, USA)

'Hewitt’s control of tone colour is exemplary and the piano sound is warm and rounded … I recommend these discs to those wishing to acquaint themselves with some of Ravel’s lesser-known piano works as well as the more popular favourites' (Pianist)

'This is revelatory playing … Hewitt is never anything other than stimulating, probing, characterful and sensitive to both the individual nuance and broader perspective of each piece' (International Piano)

'she gets beneath the exotic surfaces of these pieces to expose their compelling musical structures' (Music Week)

'With these magnificent pieces, ranging from the well-known Gaspard de la Nuit to real curiosities, Hewitt proves her point: her colour range is vast, her touch compelling' (The Sunday Express)

'The restrained gestures, the delicate melodic ornaments, the harpsichord-like figurations, the subtle dance rhythms, the finely-balanced and beautifully engineered structures: Hewitt’s attention to such exquisite details is perfect' (MusicWeb International)

'Ravishingly beautiful and artistically satisfying … the whole is an offering not to be missed' (Musical Opinion)

'Hewitt’s finest work in this collection easily ranks with the catalog’s top contenders and deserves serious consideration' (ClassicsToday.com)

'ce qu’on observe d’abord en écoutant son intégrale Ravel, c’est son exactitude, sa précision, sa fidélité au texte' (Le Monde de la Musique, France)

'Revelatory playing that comprehensively challenges current perceived standards of Ravel keyboard interpretation to set alongside the greatest of the past masters … a landmark set that offers unbound opportunities to learn, discover and delight in' (Piano, Germany)
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 Chabrier one is a pastiche of Chabrier making a pastiche of Siebel’s aria ‘Faites-lui mes aveux’ from Gounod’s Faust. Chabrier’s typical cadences and textures (tunes played two octaves apart, upward arpeggio flourishes, a semitonally growling bass) are faithfully reproduced.

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 Chabrier est un pastiche de Chabrier faisant lui-même un pastiche de l’aria de Siebel «Faites-lui mes aveux» dans le Faust de Gounod. Les cadences et textures typiques de Chabrier (thèmes joués à deux octaves d’écart, ornementation en arpèges ascendants, basse grondante semitonale) sont fidèlement reproduites.

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 Chabrier-Stück ist ein Pasticcio eines Pasticcios von Chabrier über Siebels Arie „Faites-lui mes aveux“ aus dem Faust von Gounod. Chabriers typische Kadenzen und Texturen (Melodien, die zwei Oktaven auseinander gespielt werden, aufwärts gerichtete Arpeggio-Figuren, ein halbtönig grummelnder Bass) werden getreu reproduziert.

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

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