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Track(s) taken from CKD315

Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn

completed on 12 September 1909; makring the anniversary of the death of Haydn

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: 2 minutes 3 seconds

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'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)» More

'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)» More

'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
In the summer of 1909 the journalist Jules Ecorcheville asked a number of leading French composers each to write a short piano piece in honour of Haydn, who died on 31 May 1809. The form was left up to them, but they were asked to make use of a five-note motto theme (B–A–D–D–G) representing the name Haydn. This was just the sort of game Ravel enjoyed playing and on 12 September 1909 he wrote to Ecorcheville, ‘Le menuet est confectionné’—the term used by tailors cutting a suit. The motto theme duly appears as above, then backwards and upside down, before two final recto appearances in the treble and, in the concluding bars, in the bass.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2011

Au cours de l’été 1909, le journaliste Jules Ecorcheville a demandé à plusieurs grands compositeurs français d’écrire chacun une courte pièce pour piano en l’honneur de Haydn, mort le 31 mai 1809. Le choix de la forme était libre, mais ils devaient utiliser un thème imposé de cinq notes (si–la–ré–ré–sol) représentant le nom de Haydn. C’était exactement le genre de jeu auquel Ravel aimait se livrer et le 12 septembre 1909 il a écrit à Ecorcheville, «Le menuet est confectionné»—terme utilisé par les tailleurs. Le thème imposé apparaît bien comme prévu, puis à reculons et sens dessus dessous, avant deux ultimes apparitions recto dans l’aigu et, dans les dernières mesures, à la basse.

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

Im Sommer des Jahres 1909 bat der Journalist Jules Ecorcheville mehrere führende französische Komponisten, jeweils ein kurzes Klavierstück zu Ehren von Haydn zu schreiben, der am 31. Mai 1809 gestorben war. Die Form war ihnen selbst überlassen, doch sollten sie ein fünftöniges Motto (H–A–D–D–G) verwenden, das für den Namen Haydn stand. Dies war eine Aufgabe nach Ravels Geschmack und am 12. September 1909 schrieb er Ecorcheville: „Le menuet est confectionné“—der Ausdruck, den Schneider bei der Anfertigung eines Anzugs verwenden. Das Motto erscheint ordnungsgemäß wie oben, dann rückwärts und umgedreht, bevor es noch zweimal vornherum in der Oberstimme und, in den letzten Takten, in der Bassstimme erscheint.

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

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