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Ravel: Piano Concertos, Pavane, Jeux D'eau, La Valse / Collard, Beroff, Maazel


Release Date: 01/07/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 74749   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean-Philippe CollardMichel Béroff
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de France
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you like your Ravel piano concertos focusing on fastidious detail and untrammeled elegance, these 1979 recordings surely will suit your needs. Lorin Maazel balances the composer's inventive orchestrations like a one-man chamber ensemble. Notice, for instance, the dapper, zestful shaping of the G major Finale's hair-trigger solo woodwind licks, the unusual clarity of the opening double bass and contrabassoon exchanges at the Left Hand concerto's outset, and the incisive brass ensemble work later on in the work. Jean-Phillippe Collard's sparkling, shapely pianism is mostly first-rate. Only his prosaic trills in the G major concerto's first movement and his dragging of the Left Hand concerto's big, rhetorical unaccompanied stretches Read more disappoint. For the earthy dynamism under the music's surface, however, EMI's back catalog offers François/Cluytens and Ciccolini/Martinon.

Collard stands out in the solo works. He binds the Pavane's difficult-to-balance linear strands with consummate ease. Ditto his moderately paced, gorgeously proportioned Jeux d'eaux. Michel Beroff joins Collard for an impressively coordinated rendition of the composer's two-piano La Valse arrangement.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; France 
2.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
3.
Jeux d'eau by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
4.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Michel Béroff (Piano), Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Notes: Arranged: Ravel, 1921 (for 2 pianos from the original version for orchestra) 
5.
Concerto for Piano left hand in D major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de France
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1930; France 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto in G (1986 Digital Remaster): I. Allegramente
Piano Concerto in G (1986 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio assai
Piano Concerto in G (1986 Digital Remaster): III. Presto
Piano Concerto for the left hand (Lento - Più lento - Allegro) (1986 Digital Remaster)
Pavane pour une infante défunte (Remasterisé en 1986)
Jeux d'eau (Remasterisé en 1986)
La Valse, Mouvement De Valse Viennoise (Remasterisé En 1986)

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