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Ravel: Complete Solo Piano Works / Uhlig

Ravel / Uhlig
Release Date: 08/12/2014 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93318   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Florian Uhlig
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 45 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the first complete set of Maurice Ravel’s solo piano music. It includes both the unpublished early works, like La Parade, and the very published, but somehow forgotten, piano suite from Daphnis et Chloé. Daphnis waited for its first-ever piano recording until Vincent Larderet in early 2014, and now the second has arrived just months later.

Completeness would not be very important if Florian Uhlig was not a talented pianist. He is. Every interpretation here is, at a minimum, good, with the best ones being considerably more than that. Gaspard de la Nuit improves as it goes: “Le Gibet” is stoic and the morbid bell chimes steadily and insistently. “Scarbo” is dazzlingly fast and virtuosic at 9:05, and full of
Read more spectacularly creepy, exciting playing. Sérénade grotesque is brash and flippant, and Uhlig’s Daphnis is a thrill ride, too. Can you imagine the savage pirate war dance as a solo piece? It’s here, and it’s fully convincing.

Le Tombeau is a little less even. The prelude has weird swings in tempo, and you become acutely aware of the slow-downs. But the fugue is an admirable balance of impressionism and baroque clarity, and the final toccata is a total thrill ride. Uhlig even manages to speed up for the spectacular final bars. This will never be my favorite Miroirs — not even in the last few years; Herbert Schuch’s recording is spectacular — but the literal approach which fails in Les cloches actually does fine by an unsentimental Jeux d’eau. Uhlig also offers a quick, rock-solid, neo-classical Sonatine that favors energy over daintiness.

Overall, I think Florian Uhlig is most at home in the big, virtuosic music: Scarbo, Daphnis, the slick — though not too showy — La valse. However there are no bad performances here, and only a couple of average ones. In terms of completeness and audiophile sound, this is the only serious choice for Ravel piano music. Artistically, Uhlig at his best can compete with recent recordings by Bavouzet, Thibaudet, or Tharaud. Well worth getting, especially if you have yet to hear the piano Daphnis.

– MusicWeb Intenrational (Brian Reinhart) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Jeux d'eau by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
Venue:  SWR Studio Kaiserslautern 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Miroirs by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Venue:  SWR Studio Kaiserslautern 
Length: 27 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3.
A la maničre de. . . , for piano by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1912-1913 
Venue:  SWR Studio Kaiserslautern 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Venue:  SWR Studio Kaiserslautern 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
5.
Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
Venue:  SWR Studio Kaiserslautern 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
6.
Menuet for Piano in C sharp minor by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
Venue:  SWR Studio Kaiserslautern 
Length: 0 Minutes 50 Secs. 
7.
Sonatine for Piano by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
Venue:  SWR Studio Kaiserslautern 
Length: 10 Minutes 38 Secs. 
8.
Le tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; orch. 191; France 
Venue:  SWR Studio Kaiserslautern 
Length: 22 Minutes 2 Secs. 
9.
Prélude for Piano in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Venue:  SWR Studio Kaiserslautern 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
10.
Danse gracieuse de Daphnis, suite for piano by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1913; France 
Venue:  SWR Studio Kaiserslautern 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
11.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Venue:  SWR Studio Kaiserslautern 
Length: 11 Minutes 13 Secs. 
12.
Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
Venue:  SWR Studio Kaiserslautern 
Length: 21 Minutes 25 Secs. 
13.
Sérénade grotesque by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; France 
Venue:  SWR Studio Kaiserslautern 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
14.
Menuet antique by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; France 
Venue:  SWR Studio Kaiserslautern 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
15.
La parade by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1898; France 
Venue:  SWR Studio Kaiserslautern 
Length: 11 Minutes 7 Secs. 
16.
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Florian Uhlig (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Venue:  SWR Studio Kaiserslautern 
Length: 13 Minutes 26 Secs. 

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