Just last year, Florian Uhlig’s recording of French Piano Concertos created a sensation. Though originally conceived of as a respite from his ongoing project to record the first, truly complete edition of the piano works of Robert Schumann, Florian Uhlig’s excursion into late 19th and 20th century French repertoire demonstrated that he has a knack for the brilliant, urbane sound-world of the great French composers. This year, Uhlig continues his explorations in this new recording of the piano works of Maurice Ravel. Ravel’s piano music is perhaps the most concentrated corpus of music ever produced by a major composer. Despite their modest dimensions (the complete oeuvre can be performed in just over 2 hours), each composition sets out to achieve something new, shaping the genre to achieve works of consummate originality. And no one surpasses Florian Uhlig in delivering performances that allow all the fascinating, ecstatic virtuosity of this music to shine.
Performance **** Recording *****
Roger Nichols - BBC Music magazine - December 2014