Ravel - Piano Works
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Cat No: AP062
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 7th April 2014
WorksGaspard de la nuit
Ma Mere l'Oye (Mother Goose)
Pavane pour une infante defunte (piano)
Valses nobles et sentimentales
ArtistsVanessa Wagner (piano)
Pavane pour une infante défunte, an early work, takes us into the world of dance that perfumes the musical world of Ravel.
Gaspard de la nuit, in the French Romantic tradition, is a triptych inspired by three of Aloysius Bertrand's prose-ballads: Ondine, the water nymph; Le Gibet (Gallows), paints a gruesome picture of 'a bell tolling from the walls of a city, beneath the skyline, and the body of a hanged man, reddened by the setting sun'; Scarbo depicts the night-time mischief of a mocking dwarf.
We return to the dance with the bold Valses nobles et sentimentales, a series of waltzes written in 1911. Finally, Ma Mère l'Oye (Mother Goose), shows Ravel's affection for his childhood days.
Vanessa Wagner brings out the modernity of these scores, their sudden movements of violence, their moments of ineffable sweetness. She plays with rigour, intensity and a velvet touch.
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