• CDA67731 Katalognummer
  • 034571177311 EAN
  • 2CD Format
  • 2011 Utgivelsesår

Osborne, Steven (piano)

Ravel, Maurice



Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit: I. Ondine
Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit: II. Le gibet
Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit: III. Scarbo
Ravel: Sonatine
Ravel: Miroirs, 5 pieces for piano: I. Noctuelles
Ravel: Miroirs, 5 pieces for piano: II. Oiseaux tristes
Ravel: Miroirs, 5 pieces for piano: III. Une barque sur l'océan
Ravel: Miroirs, 5 pieces for piano: IV. Alborada del gracioso
Ravel: Miroirs, 5 pieces for piano: V. La vallée des cloches
Ravel: La Valse
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Ravel: Menuet in C sharp minor
Ravel: Menuet antique
Ravel: Sérénade grotesque
Ravel: Jeux d'eau
Ravel: Prélude
Ravel: Menuet sur le nom de Haydn
Ravel: A la manière de Borodine
Ravel: A la manière de Chabrier

Keener, Andrew

Hinitt, David

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Gramophone Awards 2011 Finalist - Instrumental
BBC Music Magazine Awards 2012 Instrumental Finalist
BBC Music Magazine May 2011 Disc of the month

New releases of Steven Osborne’s best-selling discs have become some of the most eagerly-awaited events in the pianophile diary. This most delicate and subtle of musicians also displays a pyrotechnical deployment of digital acrobatics, mesmerising colour control and breathtaking articulation. All these qualities are visible in this two-disc set of some of the most important piano music of the early twentieth century. Ravel’s works have been central, too, to Steven Osborne’s performing repertoire throughout his career, making this set a perfect marriage of composer and performer.

[Gaspard] is technically immaculate...and gently seductive before turning on a more sinister pressure..."Alborada" from Miroirs is another striking success, where a trickster's ribaldry and high jinxs explode into violence, and in La Valse (suitably arranged and "orchestrated"), Osborne spins his dancers towards a visceral and devastating oblivion. Gramophone

Ravel essentially reimagined how to write for the piano with each significant work. Osborne is more than up to the task...Throughout, [he] repeatedly demonstrates not merely that these performances stand with the best, but also that comparisons are superfluous in the face of such a compelling vision...His sustaining of the 'Epilogue' is magical, as if not wishing to relinquish the spell of this recital. It is over all too soon. BBC *****

His tempos, kaleidoscopic tonal colouring, textual clarity, and amazing dynamic range and variety of touch manifest an innate empathy with the composer...These are inspired performances with Award Winner written all over them. The perfectly-voiced piano, the venue/acoustic, producer and engineer, and an artist who was born to play Ravel combine to make the best complete Ravel cycle on disc. Classic fm *****



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