Maurice Ravel: Complete Works For Piano Solo (2CD)

Hakon Austbo

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2
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2-5 days
Genre
Classical, Solo Instrumental
Label
Simax
Released
January 25, 2019

Format: Compact Disc

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Celebrating his 70th birthday this autumn, Austbo releases the complete works for solo piano of Maurice Ravel. His readings of the pieces reveal the darker side of the composer's music.

"The more one penetrates into the complex and mysterious universe of Ravel as revealed to us through his music, the more one is left with riddles never to be solved. I must confess, having played his music all my life, that there are aspects about him still puzzling me," says Austbo ? who also contributes with an enlightening personal note for this release.

In 1906 Ravel wrote to the critic Pierre Lalo pointing out that various features of his work could claim priority over Debussy in the 'special manner of writing for the piano'. 'Jeux d'eau', he insisted, 'stands at the beginning of all the pianistic innovations that have been noted in my work. Inspired by the sound of water and the musical sounds emanating from fountains, waterfalls and brooks?' Austbo himself states: "Ravel's piano writing is as subtle and colourful as his orchestra writing. He used to say that the pedal was the "orchestrator" of the piano; indeed, his use of resonance evoking bells or water is unthinkable without ample use of pedal." For this recording Hakon Austbo performe on a Steinway Mod. D-274 from 1893.

Ravel's music is sometimes perceived as cool and perfect. Austbo reads it differently: "Ravel probably did conceal some of his darkest sides behind a brilliant technical mastery. "My goal is technical perfection", he stated, well aware that this would never be achieved. Still, many of his pieces put the dark corners of his world on display, as in the haunting Scarbo, or behind a mask
as the tragic gracioso in Alborada. It is one of the few pieces where Ravel unveils himself to us, and the cataclysmic ending is not a nice sight: the buffoon's world falls to pieces. In a way, we are all this buffoon: who hasn't experienced this existential fear?"

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Key Value
Catalogue number PSC1366
Barcode 7033662013661
Number of items 2
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 100g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Ravel: Gaspard De La Nuit: I. Ondine -
2. Ravel: Gaspard De La Nuit: II. Le Gibet -
3. Ravel: Gaspard De La Nuit: III. Scarbo -
4. Ravel: Miroirs I. Noctuelles -
5. Ravel: Miroirs II. Oiseaux Tristes -
6. Ravel: Miroirs III. Une Barque Sur L'Ocean -
7. Ravel: Miroirs IV. Alborada Del Gracioso -
8. Ravel: Miroirs V. La Vallee Des Cloches -
9. Ravel: Sonatine I. Modere -
10. Ravel: Sonatine II. Mouvement De Menuet -
11. Ravel: Sonatine III. Anime -

Disc 2

Track Listing — Disc 2

Song Title Time
1. Ravel: Serenade Grotesque -
2. Ravel: Menuet Antique -
3. Ravel: Pavane Pur Un Infante Defunte -
4. Ravel: Jeux D'eau -
5. Ravel: Menuet En Ut Diese Mineur -
6. Ravel: Menuet Sur Le Nom De Haydn -
7. Ravel: Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales I. Modere - Tres Franc -
8. Ravel: Valses Nobles II. Et Sentimentales II. Assez Lent -
9. Ravel: Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales III. Modere -
10. Ravel: Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales IV. Assez Anime -
11. Ravel: Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales V. Presque Lent -
12. Ravel: Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales VI. Vif -
13. Ravel: Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales VII. Moins Vif -
14. Ravel: Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales VIII. Epilogue. Lent -
15. Ravel: A La Maniere De...Borodine -
16. Ravel: A La Maniere De...Chabrier -
17. Ravel: Prelude (1913) -
18. Ravel: Le Tombeau De Couperin: I. Prelude -
19. Ravel: Le Tombeau De Couperin: II. Fugue -
20. Ravel: Le Tombeau De Couperin: III. Forlane -
21. Ravel: Le Tombeau De Couperin: IV. Rigaudon -
22. Ravel: Le Tombeau De Couperin: V. Menuet -
23. Ravel: Le Tombeau De Couperin: VI. Toccata -