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Beautiful Starry Night - Jean-Yves Thibaudet Plays Ravel


Release Date: 09/10/2012 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 448618   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This...is an imaginative and pianistic tour de force sumptuously presented and recorded. Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the latest star in Decca's pianistic firmament, possesses a flashing wit and dexterity yet never trespasses beyond received poetic tact or wisdom; a secret surely shared by only the finest Ravelians. Clearly, he scorns heavily personalized attitudes and his nonchalance or understatement (something inseparable from Gallic genius, from Faure and Debussy as well as Ravel) combines with razor-sharp reflexes and a scrupulously sensitive regard for detail. His Miroirs suggest an eerie evanescence, kaleidoscopic changes of colour and direction as well as an inimitable mix of indolence and hyperactivity, His rhythmic attack in Read more "Alborada" is brilliantly incisive and a far cry from other more blustering, outwardly virtuosic alternatives...

...[J]ust as you are inclined to accuse him of dryness in the Pavane, he cunningly alters course and in the final magical elaboration of the theme his playing positively glows with affection... [In Jeux d'eau] in the two ascents marked rapide his dizzying accelerations affect one like sudden rushes of blood to the head, while his final pages rise and fall with a subdued glitter that puts one in mind of Baudelaire's words, "luxe, calme et volupte". The final chord, too, is allowed to resonate seemingly indefinitely; almost as if Thibaudet were loath to leave Ravel's enchanted world.

We are hardly short of outstanding Gaspards yet Thibaudet's is surely as vital and light-fingered as any. "Le gibet" is classically poised and mesmeric, allowing the listener his own imaginative space, while "Scarbo" is both macabre and precise. Ppp triv fondue et bien ego! de sonoritê indicates Ravel, and Thibaudet responds with a sonority like the sudden cracking of twigs, turning all possible scherzando playfulness into demonic menace...

-- Gramophone [11/1992]
reviewing the original release of these recordings, Decca 433515 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
Length: 22 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3.
Prélude for Piano in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
Jeux d'eau by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
Miroirs by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Length: 29 Minutes 36 Secs. 

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