Ravel: Complete Piano Music

Ravel: Complete Piano Music
Composer Maurice Ravel
Artist Michelangelo Carbonara piano
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 9020
EAN code 5029365902021
Release August 2008

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About this release

For Ravel, the piano was an orchestra in a box, with the capacity for almost infinite variety of tone colour and rhythmic subtlety. As might be expected of a man with the strongest suspicions of performers’ egos (especially those of conductors), the piano was the fons et origo of his work, where (although not an outstandingly accomplished player himself) Ravel would invent and delimit, covering scores with precise indications of dynamics, tempo, phrasing and expression which the performer
ignores at his or her peril – but is more likely to observe than in the collective atmosphere of a large ensemble.

The piano is the scene of some of his earliest music (the Menuet grotesque), some of his most simply affecting (the Pavane pour une infante défunte), his most spine-chilling (Gaspard de la Nuit) and his most charming (Tombeau de Couperin, written in memory of friends who perished in the First World War). All of it is here, and in a chronological order that enables the listener to follow Ravel’s own creative journey.

Michelangelo Carbonara is among the most outstanding of young Italian pianists. This is his first recording for Brilliant Classics: he is renowned in the central Austro-German repertoire but also specialises in the music of Polish composers from Chopin to Lutoslawski.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2007.
- Exclusive interview with Annarosa Taddei, the favourite Ravel player of Alfred Cortot, in which she speaks frankly and illuminatingly about this body of work and Cortot’s approach to it.
- Includes extensive booklet notes covering the in-depth context a brief analysis of each work.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Serenade Grotesque
  2. Menuet Antique
  3. Pavane Pour Une infante defunte
  4. Jeux D'eau
  5. Sonatine : I. Modere
  6. Sonatine : II. Mouvement de Menuet
  7. Sonatine : III. Anime
  8. Menuet En Ut Diese Mineur
  9. Miroirs: Noctuelles
  10. Miroirs: Oiseaux Tristes
  11. Miroirs: Une Barque Sur L' Ocean
  12. Miroirs: Alborada del Gracioso
  13. Miroirs: La vallee des Cloches

Disk 2

  1. Gaspard de La Nuit: I. Ondine
  2. Gaspard de La Nuit: II. Le Gibet
  3. Gaspard de La Nuit: III. Scarbo
  4. Menuet Sur Le Nom de Haydin
  5. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales
  6. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales
  7. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales
  8. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales
  9. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales
  10. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales
  11. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales
  12. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales
  13. Prelude
  14. A La maniere de ...: Borodine
  15. A La maniere de ...: Chabrier
  16. Le Tombeau de Couperin: I. Prelude
  17. Le Tombeau de Couperin: II. Fugue
  18. Le Tombeau de Couperin: III. Forlane
  19. Le Tombeau de Couperin: IV. Rigaudon
  20. Le Tombeau de Couperin: V. Menuet
  21. Le Tombeau de Couperin: VI Toccata