Ravel: Bolero; Concerto pour la main gauche; Rapsodie espagnole; Pavane; La Valse

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The listener may see the phrase "piano Erard 1905" on the cover of this album of Ravel works and wonder whether the historical performance movement has really gone too far. And truly this is, at least from a modern standpoint, an unusual and even bizarre Ravel recording. It's not so much the Erard piano, which sounds as though it was made to play Fauré and Debussy, but is not so far from other concert grands. What's strange is the general interpretation by Flemish historical keyboardist Jos van Immerseel, known mostly for his performances of music from the eighteenth and perhaps the early nineteenth centuries. Most unusual of all is "Boléro," which is taken very slowly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The listener may see the phrase "piano Erard 1905" on the cover of this album of Ravel works and wonder whether the historical performance movement has really gone too far. And truly this is, at least from a modern standpoint, an unusual and even bizarre Ravel recording. It's not so much the Erard piano, which sounds as though it was made to play Fauré and Debussy, but is not so far from other concert grands. What's strange is the general interpretation by Flemish historical keyboardist Jos van Immerseel, known mostly for his performances of music from the eighteenth and perhaps the early nineteenth centuries. Most unusual of all is "Boléro," which is taken very slowly and kept to an absolutely metronomic tempo. Dudley Moore and Bo Derek wouldn't even have gotten their shirts off to this version, but Immerseel, in notes to his Anima Eterna ensemble reproduced in the booklet, provides some evidence that this was how Ravel intended the piece. Indeed, everything these performers do is thoroughly explained and extremely well executed. The "Concerto for the Left Hand," with Claire Chevallier owner of the Erard on piano, may be the most generally effective; the work in her hands is dark and resonant and gloomy, very much a cousin to "La Valse," which closes out the program. All the tempi are on the slow side, and this does bring out details like the considerable jazz influence on "Boléro." Ultimately, with recordings like this one, you pay your money and you take your choice, but listeners are advised to make sure they know what they're getting into here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2008
  • Label: Zig Zag Territories
  • EAN: 3760009291195
  • Catalog Number: 60901
  • Sales rank: 15,679

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Boléro, ballet for orchestra - Maurice Ravel & Jos van Immerseel (17:02)
  2. 2 Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra) - Maurice Ravel & Jos van Immerseel (6:09)
  3. 3 Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand) - Maurice Ravel & Claire Chevallier (21:00)
  4. 4–7 Rhapsodie espagnole, for orchestra (or 2 pianos) - Maurice Ravel & Jos van Immerseel (15:42)
  5. 5 La valse, poème choréographique for orchestra - Maurice Ravel & Jos van Immerseel (12:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anima Eterna Orchestra Primary Artist
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