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Debussy & Ravel: Piano Works / Taverna


Release Date: 06/16/2017 
Label:  Somm   Catalog #: 168  
Composer:  Claude DebussyMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Alessandro Taverna
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There was controversy when Alessandro Taverna won bronze at the Leeds International Competition in 2005 - many people thought he should have been awarded the gold. Since then, he's gone from strength to strength, as amply proved by this Medtner album on Somm, which features three of the composer's 14 sonatas - the Reminiscenza, the Romantica and the Minacciosa. The Reminiscenza and Romantica are both exemplary in their dynamic, emotional and architectural control. The Minacciosa's climactic fugue is breathtaking.'' (The Guardian, February 2015) The Guardian's was one of many warm reviews for Alessandro Taverna's debut album on SOMM. His playing on this second album attests to Taverna's close affinity to the music of Debussy and Ravel. He Read more possesses a mesmerising palette of colors ranging from a seductive, ethereal touch in Ondine to ferocity and thrust in Scarbo - and what great brilliance and dynamism he brings to La Valse and I'isle Joyeuse!

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REVIEW:

The Debussy Images are beautifully paced. This is utterly unshowy playing too, which suites the Images well. His L'isle joyeuse is impressive, his technique again utterly in service of the music, resulting in playing that is both lithe and transparent. His Ravel La valse makes a fine finale, full of shimmering delicacy and filigree (with some fantastic glissandos), alive to the darkness of this corrupted dance.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Images for Piano, Set 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Alessandro Taverna (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
2.
Images for Piano, Set 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Alessandro Taverna (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
3.
L'isle joyeuse by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Alessandro Taverna (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
4.
Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Alessandro Taverna (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
5.
Jeux d'eau by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Alessandro Taverna (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
6.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Alessandro Taverna (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 

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