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1913; composed at the request of Fauré as the ladies' sight-reading test at the Paris Conservatoire; dedicated to Jeanne Leleu, the winner of the competition

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 32 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
Ravel’s career as a student at the Paris Conservatoire was a chequered one, culminating in his notorious failure to win the Prix de Rome in 1905. But his teacher Gabriel Fauré, who became the Conservatoire’s director that year, to some extent made up for this in the years following by inviting him to provide test pieces and sit on various juries. His Prélude, for the ladies’ sight-reading test in 1913, takes a six-note motif from the third of his Mallarmé songs and presents it in modal attire. The winner of the whole competition was Jeanne Leleu who, as one of the pianists who had premiered Ma mère l’oye three years earlier, might be thought to have had an unfair advantage. Ravel was impressed by her performance of this Prélude too, and dedicated it to her.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2011

Pendant ses études au Conservatoire de Paris, Ravel a connu une carrière en dents de scie, culminant dans son échec notoire au Prix de Rome en 1905. Mais son professeur Gabriel Fauré, qui est devenu directeur du Conservatoire cette même année, a compensé cet échec dans une certaine mesure au cours des années suivantes en commandant à Ravel des morceaux de concours et en l’invitant à siéger dans divers jurys. Son Prélude, pour l’épreuve de déchiffrage féminin en 1913, prend un motif de six notes de sa troisième mélodie sur des poèmes de Mallarmé et le présente sous forme modale. La lauréate de l’ensemble du concours fut Jeanne Leleu, l’une des pianistes qui avaient créé Ma mère l’oye trois ans plus tôt; peut-être avait-elle été injustement avantagée. Également impressionné par son exécution de son Prélude, Ravel le lui a dédié.

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

Ravels Karriere als Student am Pariser Conservatoire war abwechslungsreich—der Höhepunkt war sein berüchtigtes Scheitern im Wettbewerb um den Prix de Rome im Jahr 1905. Sein Lehrer Gabriel Fauré, der in dem Jahr Direktor des Conservatoire wurde, machte dies in den folgenden Jahren in gewisser Weise wieder gut, indem er ihn um Prüfungsstücke bat und ihn dazu einlud, verschiedenen Jurys beizuwohnen. In seinem Prélude, das für die Blattspiel-Prüfung der Damen im Jahr 1913 entstand, kommt ein sechstöniges Motiv aus dem dritten seiner Mallarmé-Lieder vor und wird in modaler Form präsentiert. Die Hauptpreisträgerin des Wettbewerbs, Jeanne Leleu, die als Pianistin die Uraufführung von Ma mère l’oye drei Jahre zuvor gegeben hatte, hatte vielleicht einen unlauteren Vorteil. Ravel war jedoch auch von ihrer Darbietung dieses Prélude beeindruckt und widmete es ihr.

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

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