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Ravel: Piano Concertos, Sheherezade / Duchable, Yakar, Jordan


Release Date: 04/07/2008 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 85323  
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Francois-René DuchablePierre AmoyalRachel YakarJean-claude Hermengat
Conductor:  Armin Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Duchable proves himself an excellent soloist, with a total ease of technique even in the most wickedly difficult passages.

A well-filled disc indeed, with four of Ravel's finest works—well, three at least, with one of the most remarkable pieces of virtuoso violin writing in existence. No argument, I feel sure, about the stature of the piano works, which are outstanding among this century's concertos, and Duchable, as expected, proves himself an excellent soloist in them, with a total ease of technique even in the most wickedly difficult passages of the one for the left hand only. He keeps a firm rein on its nightmare 6/8 scherzo: in the G major Concerto he takes the gravely beautiful Adagio assai more straightforwardly,
Read more with less rubato and subtle tonal nuances than Roge (Decca), but less slowly than Collard (EMI), whereas he adopts a less headlong pace for the finale than his rivals and begins it more lightly. If, in the final analysis, these performances do not topple the two listed above from their pre-eminence, it is not only that the orchestral acoustic is less sharply defined and more 'open' than in the EMI recording—more like the Decca—or that the Suisse Romande's wind principals are not all the equals of their Paris or Montreal counterparts, but that there are some misjudgements of orchestral perspectives. In the Left-hand Concerto, for example, the cor anglais solo at fig. 10 is too weak, as is the clarinets' chinoiserie at fig. 41, and in the G major work the evocative harp solo is too distant and the very opening of the concerto up to the trumpet entry disappointingly pale and obscure this could with advantage have been re-taken so as to match the impact of the remainder of the work.

-- Lionel Salter, Gramophone [2/1988]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano left hand in D major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Francois-René Duchable (Piano)
Conductor:  Armin Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1930; France 
2.
Concerto for Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Francois-René Duchable (Piano)
Conductor:  Armin Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; France 
3.
Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Pierre Amoyal (Violin)
Conductor:  Armin Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 
4.
Shéhérazade by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Rachel Yakar (Soprano), Jean-claude Hermengat (Flute)
Conductor:  Armin Jordan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 

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