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Exotic Lyricism - Ravel: Miroirs, Etc / Eric Himy


Release Date: 10/22/2002 
Label:  Ivory Classics   Catalog #: 72009   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Eric Himy
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Precision, beauty, and surface polish characterize Eric Himy's superb way with Ravel's piano music. Himy's elegant, highly articulated pianism was made for the five Miroirs, where each phrase and textural strand resonates with breathtaking clarity. Alborada del gracioso particularly clicks its hot heels to the tune of Himy's stinging, sultry accents. The same praise applies to Scarbo (the third and final movement of Gaspard de la nuit), a performance that manages to be both menacing and nimble at the same time. While Gaspard's first two movements make less individual an impression, Himy, like Angela Hewitt, sustains a slower-than-usual basic tempo for Le Gibet by virtue of his meticulous dynamic control. A few tiny inaccuracies at Ondine's Read more climax are a small price to pay for Himy's roaring intensity here. The pianist also pedals through certain harmonic changes, creating deliberately blurry effects that might sound strange on first hearing.


By contrast, the Pavane's inner lines are assertively and steadily projected, and similarly for the Habanera and Menuet. I prefer a more rock-solid, steady tempo for La Valse's opening bass-register groans than what Himy gives us, but his fanciful rubatos and textural emendations to Ravel's simpler piano arrangement eventually won me over. Who can resist those twinkle-dust glissandos--so vulgar, so delicious! An enjoyable disc all around.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Miroirs by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Eric Himy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo,NY 
Length: 26 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2.
Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Eric Himy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo,NY 
Length: 22 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
Pièce en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Eric Himy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo,NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
4.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Eric Himy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo,NY 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5.
Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Eric Himy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo,NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Eric Himy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo,NY 
Length: 11 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Eric Himy 

Sound Samples

Miroirs: No. 1. Noctuelles
Miroirs: No. 2. Oiseaux tristes
Miroirs: No. 3. Une barque sur l'ocean
Miroirs: No. 4. Alborada del gracioso
Miroirs: No. 5. La vallee des cloches
Gaspard de la nuit: I. Ondine
Gaspard de la nuit: II. Le gibet
Gaspard de la nuit: III. Scarbo
Piece en forme de habanera (arr. M. Dumesnil)
Pavane pour une infante defunte (version for piano): Pavane pour une infante defunte
Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn
La valse (arr. E. Himy)

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