Evocación (2017)

Ravel, Albeniz

Mengjie Han

A recording is a composition too. Not only does it contain compositions, but together they form a new entity. At least, that is the case with this new recording by the Dutch pianist and Liszt Competition prize winner Mengjie Han. He deliberately links Isaac Albéniz and Maurice Ravel. Strange bedfellows, those two? One of them epitomising all things Spanish, the other a Frenchman through and through. And rising between them, literally and metaphorically, the imposing peaks of the Pyrenees.

However, nothing is as it initially appears to be. Although of course Albéniz’s Iberia and Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin can only be played consecutively, Mengjie Han would have preferred them to be heard ‘simultaneously’, so as to demonstrate how interwoven their idioms are. After all, Ravel is a lot more Spanish than you might expect, and Albe?niz more French. Ravel incorporates Spanish rhythms, often with that typically Spanish ambiance that you could – somewhat paradoxically – describe as rough and sultry; Albe?niz on the other hand scaled the greatest heights only after discovering French impres- sionism. They cross the Pyrenees in opposite directions, as it were, breathe in the foreign influences and use them to enrich their work.

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Mengjie Han

On the 8th of November 2014 the Dutch pianist Mengjie Han won the Third Prize at the 10th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, The Netherlands. As the rst Dutch Prize winner of the Liszt Competition since nine years, he embarked on an extensive concert tour both in the Netherlands and abroad, taking him to countries such as the USA, Turkey, Saudi-Arabia and Lithuania. He won First Prizes at the Steinway Piano Competition, the Young Pianist Foundation Com- petition and the Princess Christina Competition, which led to perfor- mances in North-America, Africa and Asia. Next to his accomplishments as a soloist Mengjie Han is a passionate chamber musician with the Amatis Piano Trio. The trio has won several international competitions and has been named “New Generation Ar- tists 2016-18” by the BBC as well as “Rising Stars” by the ECHO, which will lead to a concert tour of the most important European concert halls in season 2018/19.

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Evocación (2017)

Ravel, Albeniz

Mengjie Han

    Stretto, Oct 2017

Strongly Recommended! Het bijhorende boekje bevat bijzonder interessante en uitvoerige informatie van de Nederlandse componist en publicist Stephen Westra.

Michel Dutrieue[read full review]

    Basia con fuoco, jan 2018

Han is een zeer tot de verbeelding sprekende pianist, iets wat zonder meer door zijn kleurrijke, fantasievolle spel komt. Doordat hij het technisch volkomen beheerst kan hij zich op de verhalen achter de noten concentreren en ze – ogenschijnlijk moeiteloos – naar de luisteraar overbrengen. Zijn spel is zo uitermate boeiend dat ik er eindeloos naar zou kunnen luisteren. Iets, wat ik ook doe: de ‘reapeat-knop’ staat aan.

Basia Jaworski[read full review]

    Opus Klassiek, okt 2017

"Mengjie Han raakt de sfeer van 'Iberia' bijna intuïtief, melancholie en uitbundigheid contrastrijk afgewisseld, zonovergoten en volbloedig, maar ook dichterlijk verbeeldend."

Aart van der Wal[read full review]

    Dodd's Discoveries

This is a really amazing album. It is a remarkable showcasing of the music of Isaac Albeniz and Maurice Ravel and Mengjie Han's most unique way of coaxing the music out of the piano. Well done!

Bill Dodd

Evocación (2017)

Ravel, Albeniz

Mengjie Han

Cables: Microphone cables & Interlinks, Acoustic Revive
Digital Converters: dCS904
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Tom Peeters
Microphones: Brüel & Kjaer, modified by Rens Heijnis
Notes:

The recording was originally digitized using the dCS 904, which operated at DSD64. 

The original session tracks were edited and rebalanced (which meant going through the mixer) in the only available format for that purpose; the Pyramix 352.8KHz/24bit PCM (DXD). Prior to the advent of direct digital delivery, the next step in the production process from 352.8KHz/24bit PCM would be the DSD64 edited master for SACD production. What we have done now is also make a direct conversion to DSD128 and DSD256 from that original DXD edited master, without going through any interim processing steps.

Those DXD to DSD conversions are not up-samplings, as they would be going from one PCM sampling rate to another, for they are different encoding systems. PCM is a digital value sample based system, and DSD is a digital bit density modulated system. Conversion from any PCM sample rate to any DSD bit rate system is a remodulation, not an up-sampling.

We feel there is an audio advantage to this process in using the original files so we give you the choice and you can decide.

Producer: Tom Peeters
Recording dates:: January 18, 19, 20 & 21, 2017
Recording Engineer: Tom Peeters
Recording location: Westvest90, Schiedam, The Netherlands
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64fs

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Tracks.
1.
Iberia - El Albaicin
Albeniz
00:07:33   N/A
2.
Iberia - El Puerto
Albeniz
00:04:31   N/A
3.
Iberia - Evocación
Albeniz
00:06:18   N/A
4.
Iberia - Triana
Albeniz
00:05:29   N/A
5.
Iberia - Almeria
Albeniz
00:09:34   N/A
6.
Iberia - Malaga
Albeniz
00:05:06   N/A
7.
Le Tombeau de Couperin - Prelude
Ravel
00:03:06   N/A
8.
Le Tombeau de Couperin - Fugue
Ravel
00:03:27   N/A
9.
Le Tombeau de Couperin - Forlane
Ravel
00:06:05   N/A
10.
Le Tombeau de Couperin - Rigaudon
Ravel
00:03:13   N/A
11.
Le Tombeau de Couperin - Menuet
Ravel
00:05:10   N/A
12.
Le Tombeau de Couperin - Toccata
Ravel
00:03:49   N/A

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