Ravel – Retrospection

Dejan Lazic

15.9927.49
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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

“No, this is not going to be what you think: you will not find La Marseillaise in it, but instead you will find a Forlane and a Gigue; no Tango either”. Those were the words of Maurice Ravel on 1 October 1914, writing to Roland Manuel about his last piano composition, Le Tombeau de Couperin. This six-movement suite is dedicated both to Franois Couperin and to Ravel s friends who had been killed in World War I.

In this work, old dance forms are restored to life, and the music is characterized by grace, charm, order, and moderation. The unusual movement is the Fugue, a form which is seldom found in earlier suites. The two framing movements – Prlude and Toccata – evoke the harpsichord technique of the 18th century. In the Forlane, the melodic leaps and strange chords catch ones attention, in the central part of the Rigaudon the rustic melody provides a contrast with the cheerful main section…..

Tracklist

1.
Prelude
01:16
2.
Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn
01:14
3.
Pavane pour une infante defunte
06:07
4.
Sonatine - Modéré
03:56
5.
Sonatine - Mouvement De Menuet
02:27
6.
Sonatine - Animé
03:36
7.
Le tombeau de couperin - Prélude - Vif
02:56
8.
Le tombeau de couperin - Fugue - Allegro Moderato
02:04
9.
Le tombeau de couperin - Forlane - Allegretto
05:45
10.
Le tombeau de couperin - Rigaudon - Assez Vif
02:43
11.
Le tombeau de couperin - Menuet - Allegro Moderato
04:42
12.
Le tombeau de couperin - Toccata - Vif
03:33
13.
Valses nobles et sentimentales - Modéré - Trés Franc
01:17
14.
Valses nobles et sentimentales - Assez Lent - Avec Une Expression Intense
02:09
15.
Valses nobles et sentimentales - Modéré
01:12
16.
Valses nobles et sentimentales - Assez Aimé
01:03
17.
Valses nobles et sentimentales - Presque Lent - Dans Un Sentiment Intime
01:21
18.
Valses nobles et sentimentales - Vif
00:33
19.
Valses nobles et sentimentales - Moins Vif
02:57
20.
Valses nobles et sentimentales - Lent
05:11
21.
A la maniére de Chabrier
01:05
22.
A la maniére de Borodine
01:15
23.
Prelude
01:21

Total time: 00:59:43

Additional information

Label

SKU

17502

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Artists

Composers

Genres

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Cables

van den Hul T3 series

Digital Converters

DCS A/D DSD / DCS DA

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks

Mastering Equipment

B&W 803 diamond series

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps

Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis custom design

Awards

Original Recording Format

Producer

Jared Sacks

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

Frits Philips Hall, Eindhoven, Holland

Recording Software

Pyramix bij Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Speakers

Audiolab, Holland

Release Date April 18, 2014

Press reviews

Financieel Dagblad

Hier is een poeet aan het woord, enorm fijnzinnig, maar tevens een kruidje-roer-me-niet, een grillige zomerzwaluw op vliegenjacht.

Volkskrant

fijnzinnige touches en smaakvolle interpretaties. (…) Smaakvol, elegant, gematigd en een ietsjepietsie introvert (…) De Pavane met zijn ontroerende eenvoud is op zijn lijf geschreven.

Brabants Dagblad

kleine, uiterst precieus gespeelde juweeltjes (…) Wederom een klankjuweel.

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