Stravinsky: Petrushka & The Firebird / Ravel: Miroirs & La Valse

 
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IGOR STRAVINSKY / MAURICE RAVEL
Stravinsky: Petrushka & The Firebird / Ravel: Miroirs & La Valse
Beatrice Rana (piano)

[ Warner Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 25 October 2019

Beatrice Rana, in the words of the New York Times, is a pianist who "has ferocious technique but is distinguished by her musical intelligence." Here she plays virtuosic, poetic works that evoke the creative ferment of Paris in the transitional early years of the 20th century: piano transcriptions of Stravinsky's iridescent ballet scores The Firebird and Petrushka, and Ravel's Miroirs and La Valse.

'Rana communicates her musical imagery with an ease and economy that belies its power...There's no question that Rana is an immensely resourceful pianist who can pull off dazzling effects when warranted. But it is her sane, thoughtful music-making, inerrant in focus, often strikingly original and always from the heart, that sets her apart.' Gramophone Awards 2020 Short List Instrumental

"I find Rana nothing less than spectacular. Like Argerich, her volatility grips your attention, and it is coupled with musicianship of a high order. [La Valse] Rana is at her very best here, exhibiting the rare alchemy of complete technical assurance and vivid imagination. Her reading is captivating at every turn as well as delightfully surprising. One can't ask for more" Fanfare

"The "Infernal Dance" from Stravinsky's "Firebird" sounds blazing and demonic in this fierce, commanding performance." The New York Times

International Classical Music Awards 2021 Winner - Solo Instrumental

Tracks:

Ravel: Miroirs, 5 pieces for piano
Stravinsky: The Firebird
Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrushka
Ravel: La Valse

Ravel's La Valse (arr. Rana)