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La valse
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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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Details for CKD290 track 11
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ISRC
GB-ASH-07-29011
Duration
12'28
Recording date
29 September 2006
Recording venue
Teatro São Luíz, Lisbon, Portugal
Recording producer
Philip Hobbs
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
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  1. Ravel: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 1 (CKD290)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: February 2007
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