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Messiaen: Canteyodjaya - Mussorgsky: Pictures - Ravel: Miroirs / Donohoe

Release Date: 03/15/2019 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 566  
Composer:  Modest MussorgskyMaurice RavelOlivier Messiaen
Performer:  Peter Donohoe
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a new collection exploring depictions of ‘pictures’ in music performed by Peter Donohoe – acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique. One of the pinnacles of nineteenth-century pianism, Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition broke new frontiers in its writing for the piano through its use of ringing bell-like sonorities, dramatic juxtaposition of registers and dynamics, its approach to resonance, percussive octaves and rapid hand-alternations, and sheer grandeur of sound. Introducing new ideas about virtuosity that owe much to orchestral thinking in the ways the full range of the piano’s tone-colors are explored, this work requires immense stamina Read more through combining great finger dexterity with unbridled power. Mussorgsky’s masterpiece is coupled here with works by Ravel and Messiaen – composers who were indebted to the innovations of their Russian predecessor. Miroirs comprises a set of five pieces evoking contrasting moods and pianistic characters. Far from being Impressionist – a movement with which Ravel had little real affiliation –the ‘Mirrors’ of the title suggests more Symbolist associations in that the individual pieces explore ambiguities between supposed reality and ‘reflected’ simulation. Ravel was particularly fascinated by a line from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: ‘the eye sees not itself, but by reflection, by some other things.’ An unusually non-descriptive work for Messiaen, without religious references or bird- song, Cantéyodjayâ is about musical process and is constructed as a mosaic-like collage in which a jaunty rhythmic refrain is contrasted with a multiplicity of contrasting ideas, many of which are re-workings from his gargantuan Turangalîla-Symphonie. Read less

Works on This Recording

Pictures at an exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Miroirs by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Cantéyodjayâ by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; France 

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