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Ravel: Piano Concertos, Miroirs / Aimard, Boulez, Cleveland Orchestra


Release Date: 10/05/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001476402  
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Continuing the collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra, Deutsche Grammophon will release an all-new recording of works by Ravel featuring French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard and conductor Pierre Boulez. The two artists have collaborated together for years, and now they give masterful accounts of Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand and Concerto for Piano in G major. To complete the album, Aimard records Miroirs for solo piano, including the famous "Alborada del gracioso."

"If Thursday's concert is any indication, the Deutsche Grammophon CD to be distilled from this weekend's performances might also turn out to be a classic. Aimard's articulate, intelligent playing -- full of beguiling colors and thoughtfully
Read more rendered detail -- is perfectly suited to Ravel's sound world.... Aimard also seems to take a particular pleasure in Ravel's distinctive timbres, making much of grumbling low notes in the same work's opening cadenza and in the G-major concerto's first movement.... [E]xperienced live, Boulez and Aimard's Ravel is altogether magical." -- WCLV Cleveland
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; France 
Date of Recording: 2/2010 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
2.
Concerto for Piano left hand in D major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1930; France 
Date of Recording: 2/2010 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
3.
Miroirs by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto for the left hand in D: Lento - Andante - Allegro - Tempo 1
Piano Concerto in G: 1. Allegramente
Piano Concerto in G: 2. Adagio assai
Piano Concerto in G: 3. Presto
Miroirs: 1. Noctuelles
Miroirs: 2. Oiseaux tristes
Miroirs: 3. Une barque sur l'océan
Miroirs: 4. Alborada del gracioso
Miroirs: 5. La vallée des cloches

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