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Complete Works for Solo Piano

Ravel: Complete Works for Solo Piano

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2003

Originally recorded in 2003

Artists:

Louis Lortie

piano

Venue:

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk



Producer:

Brian Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Brian Couzens


Janet Middlebrook

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos Classics

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 139:05
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Complete Works for Solo Piano

   
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MAURICE RAVEL

(1875-1937)
   
1 

Pavane pour une infante défunte

6:22
 

Le Tombeau de Couperin

24:13  
2 I Prélude 3:02
3 II Fugue 3:01
4 III Forlane 6:08
5 IV Rigaudon 3:06
6 V Menuet 4:58
7 VI Toccata 3:58
8 

Sérénade grotesque

3:15
9 

Jeux d'eau

5:49
 

Valses nobles et sentimentales

15:11  
10 I Adélaïde. Modéré - Très franc 1:19
11 II Assez lent - Avec une expression intense 2:20
12 III Modéré 1:17
13 IV Assez animé 1:08
14 V Presque lent - Dans un sentiment intime 1:34
15 VI Vif 0:40
16 VII Moins vif 2:39
17 VIII Épilogue. Lent 4:15
18 

La Valse

11:20
  Poème chorégraphique pour orchestre  
 

Gaspard de la nuit

22:11  
  Trois poèmes pour piano d'après Aloysius Bertrand  
19 I Ondine. Lent 6:39
20 II Le Gibet. Très lent 6:36
21 III Scarbo. Modéré 8:50
22 

Menuet antique

6:07
  Majestueusement  
23 

Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn

2:05
  Mouvement de menuet  
24 

À la manière de . . . Borodine

1:22
  Allegro giusto  
25 

À la manière de . . . Chabrier

1:58
  Paraphrase sur un air de Gounod  
  (Faust, Deuxieme Acte)  
  Alegretto  
26 

Prélude

1:14
  in A minor - in a-Moll - en la mineur  
  Assez lent et très expressif  
 

Miroirs

27:16  
27 I Noctuelles. Très léger 4:31
28 II Oiseaux tristes. Trés lent 3:54
29 III Une barque sur l'océan. D'un rythme souple 6:42
30 IV Alborada del gracioso. Assez vif 6:32
31 V La Vallée des cloches. Très lent 5:21
 

Sonatine

10:58  
32 I Modéré 4:01
33 II Mouvement de menuet 3:07
34 III Animé 3:55
   
 Louis Lortie piano
  18-20 February and 16 & 17 March 1988  
Maurice Ravel
France, 1875-1937

Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has performed with many of the world’s top orchestras including, most recently, the Philadelphia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony and Dresden Staatskapelle under eminent conductors such as Vladimr Ashkenazy, Andrew Davis, Neeme Järvi and Leonard Slatkin. He has a large and acclaimed discography on the Chandos label.

Louis Lortie’s recordings of Ravel received unanimously excellent critical acclaim, and count amongst the finest versions ever committed to disc.

They are now available at mid-price in attractive slim-line packaging for the first time.



Such was Ravel’s genius that he could achieve technical perfection even in his most violently charged moments. Debussy once described him as having ‘the most refined ear that ever existed’. Nowhere is this more apparent than in his piano works.
The Pavane pour une infante défunte is an exquisite exercise in nostalgia, reflecting in is grave formality and sweetness another time and place, namely sixteenth-century Spain.
Le Tombeau de Couperin is a six part Suite, the last of Ravel’s piano compositions, and by his own admission, more a tribute to the entire spirit of French eighteenth-century music than to Couperin in particular. More sombrely, each piece is dedicated to a friend killed in the First World War.
The Valses nobles et sentimentales are a startlingly modern reflection of Schubert’s Waltzes of the same title. A scandal ensued when the works were first played, for people were not used to Ravel’s novel astringency and toughness of expression.
La Valse takes the waltz to another dimension. Sketched before the 1914-18 war it was first conceived as Wien, a symphonic poem, an apotheosis of the Viennese waltz’ and an ‘impression of fantastic, fatal whirling’. Powerful and symbolic, La Valse signalled the end of an era of civilised values.
Gaspard de la nuit is arguably the greatest piano work of the twentieth century and its admirers included Messiaen, who saw its lavish pianistic resource and unfaltering precision as a supreme instance of Ravel’s genius.
The classically based Sonatine is the epitome of distilled grace and Gallic understatement, energised by startling passages of passion and ebullience. Understandably, many scholars consider the work one of Ravel’s subtlest and most finely wrought.



The Canadian pianist, Louis Lortie, gives an impressive account… throughout the whole set his playing is elegant, virile and sensitive… This is a distinguished and stimulating recital.
The Penguin Complete Guide

The technical brilliance and absolute assurance of the playing excludes neither passion nor the cooler poetry Ravel admired.
Sunday Times ‘Record of the Week’

In terms of sound, the Snape Maltings acoustic is beautifully natural. Indeed, on the whole, Lorties set contains many fine accounts of individual pieces and can be recommended.
Pianist

These are among the most distinguished Ravel performances on record.
Hi Fi News

'In terms of sound, the Snape Maltings acoustic is beautifully natural. Indeed, on the whole, Lortie's set contains many fine accounts of individual pieces and can be recommended.'
The Pianist

Louis Lortie is on superlative form in his recital…
Gramophone ‘Critic’s Choice’



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