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Ravel: Miroirs, Gaspard De La Nuit / Anna Vinnitskaya

Ravel / Vinnitskaya
Release Date: 03/27/2012 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5284   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Anna Vinnitskaya
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya came to public attention with a couple of major prizes late in the 2000s decade and has since made several recordings of technically fearsome repertory from the early 20th century. If you're the type who likes to skip straight to the action scenes, sample the fireworks of "Scarbo," from the suite Gaspard de la nuit, where it becomes clear that Vinnitskaya has all the technical equipment that could be desired. But she has also developed interpretive charisma to go along with the technical mastery. Hear how artfully the pedal is used in the opening phrases of "Scarbo" to deepen the response of the low piano utterances to the difficult repeated-note figures. In Miroirs, composed several Read more years earlier, Vinnitskaya never bogs down in technical detail and achieves a real sense of the mystery contemporary listeners must have heard in these pieces: the insistent tonal stasis of "Oiseaux tristes," the transfigured Spanish style of Alborada del gracioso, the slightly surreal La Vallée des cloches. Naïve's engineers, working at the Jesus Christus Kirche in Berlin, capture the full range of a recording with a remarkable dynamic spectrum, as compelling in its quiet moments as it is in the fireworks. Highly recommended.

-- James Manheim
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Works on This Recording

1. Miroirs by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Anna Vinnitskaya (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
2. Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Anna Vinnitskaya (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 

Sound Samples

Pavane pour une infante defunte (version for piano)
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

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