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Ravel: Complete Music For Solo Piano / Abbey Simon


Release Date: 11/04/1992 
Label:  Vox Box Catalog #: 5012   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Vox repackages Abbey Simon's mid-1970s Ravel cycle with spruced-up cover art and a slimmer jewel case. Hopefully this will help generate sales, for Abbey Simon is nothing less than a stunning and individual Ravel interpreter on every level. Note the uncommon clarity of dynamics, voicing, and texture he brings to Gaspard de la nuit's cruelly demanding three movements (especially in Scarbo, where the left hand runs and rumbles emerge like a newly restored painting previously covered in grime).


Each of the Valses Nobles et Sentimentales are sharply characterized, and Simon commands the intricate fingerwork throughout Miroirs and Le Tombeau de Couperin with both gossamer delicacy
Read more and rhythmic backbone. You hear, for instance, all of Alborada del gracioso's ornaments and repeated notes with the accents properly positioned and timed to perfection. Many younger pianists tend to bang out La Valse, whereas Simon generates plenty of excitement and dramatic momentum by letting the music's rich harmonic canvas and inner lilt speak for themselves.


Simon lavishes similar care among the small pieces, from his sensitively "orchestrated" Pavane to Jeux d'eau's sprays of gold-tinted arpeggios. The superb engineering has barely aged and does ample justice to Simon's refulgent tone and wide dynamic range. This is some of the classiest Ravel playing on disc, and you'll never tire of Simon's aristocratic, seasoned artistry. At Vox's rock-bottom asking price, how can you resist? [5/24/2003]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Length: 14 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2.
Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
Length: 22 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Miroirs: Noctuelles by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4.
Le tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; orch. 191; France 
Length: 23 Minutes 37 Secs. 
5.
A la manière de Chabrier by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
6.
A la manière de Borodine by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
7.
Menuet antique by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
8.
Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
9.
Sonatine for Piano by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
Length: 10 Minutes 33 Secs. 
10.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
11.
Jeux d'eau by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 
12.
Prélude for Piano in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
13.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Length: 11 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Ravel (for piano) 
14.
Miroirs: Oiseaux tristes by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
15.
Miroirs: Une barque sur l'océan by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 54 Secs. 
16.
Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
17.
Miroirs: La vallée des cloches by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Abbey Simon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 

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