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Maurice Ravel:
The complete piano works
Volume 2


Artur Pizarro
Bluthner
Concert Grand Model 1


CKD 315

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    “Ravel's piano music has rarely been so magically captured on disc.”
    - International Piano
• The widespread acclaim which met the release of Artur Pizarro's first volume of Ravel ensured that the popular pianist would be back to record Volume 2.   “Phenomenal”, “scintillating” and “super-refined” were just some of the superlatives used to describe Pizarro’s performance. “The Complete Works of Ravel Vol. 2” surpasses the incredibly high standards set by Vol. 1 as Pizarro reaches new heights with an outstanding performance.

• Pavane pour une Infante défunte, one of Ravel’s most popular pieces, is played beautifully in its original piano version.

• The suite Le tombeau de Couperin pays homage to French music of the eighteenth century whose premiere elicited a warm and enthusiastic reception, a response which continues to this day.

• Valse nobles et sentimentales is highly stylised and harmonically complex, and is considered of seminal importance for Ravel’s future writing.

• Ravel himself considered the Sonatine too advanced for his supreme pianistic skills.   Pizarro’s virtuosity is apparent in his notable performance.

• Prize-winning concert virtuoso Artur Pizarro is a regular live performer whose performances of the complete solo works of Ravel & Debussy (at St John’s, Smith Square, London, Lisbon and Århus) were met with critical acclaim.

• “The Complete Works of Ravel Vol. 2” includes some of Ravel's most popular piano repertoire which is showcased to perfection here by leading Ravel interpreter, Artur Pizarro.
    “Pizarro’s Ravel is a marriage of clarity, delicacy and unforced virtuosity.”
    - The Herald
          1. PRÉLUDE     1.32

          2. MENUET SUR LE NOM D'HAYDN     2.03

    3.-  5. SONATINE
           I   Modéré     5.01
          II   Mouvement de menuet     3.23
         III   Animé     3.48

          6. MENUET ANTIQUE     6.22

   7.-14. VALSE NOBLES ET SENTIMENTALES
           I   Modéré     1.18
          II   Assez lent     2.21
         III   Modéré     1.31
        IV   Assez animé     1.25
         V   Presque lent     1.19
        VI   Vif     0.45
       VII   Moins vif     2.53
      VIII   Epilogue: lent     5.19

       15. À LA MANIÈRE DE … BORODINE     1.37

       16. À LA MANIÈRE DE … CHABRIER     2.06

       17. PAVANE POUR UNE INFANTE DÉFUNTE     5.49

18.-23. LE TOMBEAU DE COUPERIN
          I   Prélude     3.17
         II   Fugue     3.47
        III   Forlane     6.52
       IV   Rigaudon     3.08
        V   Menuet     4.55
       VI   Toccata     3.54

              Total Time:     75.08



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