Hyperion Records

Pavane pour une infante défunte
composer
1899; first performed by Ricardo Viñes on 5 April 1902; orchestrated by Ravel in 1910

Recordings
'Myra Hess – The complete solo and concerto studio recordings' (APR7504)
Myra Hess – The complete solo and concerto studio recordings
APR7504  Download only  
'Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Boléro & Pavane' (LSO0693)
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Boléro & Pavane
LSO0693  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Ravel: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 2' (CKD315)
Ravel: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 2
CKD315  Download only  
'Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDA67341/2)
Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music
Buy by post £20.00 CDA67341/2  2CDs  
'Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDA67731/2)
Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music
Buy by post £20.00 CDA67731/2  2CDs  
Details
Track 2 on CDA67341/2 CD1 [7'04] 2CDs
Track 15 on CDA67731/2 CD2 [6'21] 2CDs
Track 17 on CKD315 [5'49] Download only
Track 11 on LSO0693 [7'00] Download only
Track 18 on APR7504 CD1 [5'52] Download only

Pavane pour une infante défunte
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Ricardo Viñes premiered the Pavane pour une infante défunte on 5 April 1902, by which time Ravel was coming to general notice as a promising talent. The Pavane is probably the earliest of his pieces that ‘everybody knows’. But its success was always a little galling for Ravel, as he came to recognize its shortcomings and (again) its dependence on Chabrier. He was also irritated by pianists who played it too slowly, prompting him on one occasion to remark that it was the princess that was defunct, not the pavane. On the other hand, ‘one mustn’t turn it into a drama’. The answer perhaps lies in his suggestion that ‘at the same time as making the accompaniment secondary to the tune, you must insist on the latter’s slightly mechanical aspect’. Not for the last time, a Ravel piece turns out to be aesthetically more complex than it seems.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2011

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