[ Harmonia Mundi / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 29 November 2019
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As if in a mirror, this recording juxtaposes the original piano versions of two of Ravel's masterpieces (Le Tombeau de Couperin and Alborada del gracioso) with their respective orchestrations. The Concerto in G major combines the two facets, both when the piano is integrated into the overall sound and when it plays its role as a soloist. The subtle playing of Javier Perianes and the refined sonorities of the Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Josep Pons, also remind us that Spain was the most significant source of inspiration in Ravel's output.
"I loved this disc. The music is wonderful; within this programme we experience Ravel as poet, sophisticate, wit and, always, as the master craftsman. The conceit behind the programme is highly persuasive. Performance standards are on an elevated level from start to finish. I suspect it's the solo piano pieces that were recorded in Malaga; the engineers have achieved very pleasing results both there and in the Philharmonie de Paris." MusicWeb Recommended Feb 2020
"The performances are unquestionably strong...Perianes's Alborada has terrific panache, bags of tone colour and an understated virtuosity that proves immensely persuasive, while his Tombeau has all the refinement and subtlety you could wish for: the filigree grace of the Fugue and the drive and wit of the closing Toccata are particularly beguiling. The Orchestre de Paris, similarly, are on superb form for Pons" Gramophone
Alborada del gracioso pour orchestre (from Miroirs M.43) (orch. 1918-19) [7:51]
Le Tombeau de Couperin. 6 pièces pour piano deux mains, M. 68 (1914-17) [25:52]
Concerto in G major, M. 83 (1929-31) [22:20]
Le Tombeau de Couperin Suite d'orchestre, M. 68a (orch 1919) [17:44]
Alborada del gracioso. (1904-05) Pour piano [7:09]
Javier Perianes (piano)