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Schoenberg Messiaen Ravel

Francesco Piemontesi, Jonathan Nott, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

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Schoenberg Messiaen Ravel from Pentatone features pianist Francesco Piemontesi with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Jonathan Nott. This Stereo and 5 Channel Surround Sound DSD album includes three works for piano and orchestra from the middle years of the twentieth century. Though stylistically very different, all three have American connections.

Ravel’s Concerto in G Major (1932) was his most successful attempt to integrate elements of American Jazz into his own musical language. Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto (1942) was composed in Los Angeles, where Schoenberg was exiled after fleeing Europe. Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques (1956) took as its main source of inspiration a series of gramophone records of American birdsong.

Francesco Piemontesi – Pianist
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Jonathan Nott – Conductor

A brilliant example of music and sound serving the ‘niche’ crowd


Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Piano Concerto in G Major I. Allegremente
Piano Concerto in G Major II. Adagio assai
Piano Concerto in G Major III. Presto
Oiseaux exotiques
Piano Concerto, Op. 42 I. Andante
Piano Concerto, Op. 42 II. Molto allegro
Piano Concerto, Op. 42 III. Adagio
Piano Concerto, Op. 42 IV. Giocoso

Total time: 00:57:06

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Original Recording Format


Erdo Groot

Recording Engineers

Carl Schuurbiers (November 2020), Jean-Marie Geijsen (December 2020) & Lauran Jurrius (February 2021)

Recording Location

This album was recorded in Victoria Hall, Geneva Switzerland, in November 2020 (Ravel), December 2020 (Messiaen) and February 2021 (Schoenberg).

Release DateMay 20, 2022

Press reviews

NativeDSD Blog | HRAudio

(…) This new recording of Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto, thus far unavailable in high resolution, is no doubt the real boon, deserving all our attention. Although by many regarded as ‘contemporary’, we may, after some eighty years and so many follow-on contemporary stuff, question if that’s still correct. My personal view: Not quite. Schoenberg’s twelve-tone technique (“a systemized form of atonality which gives equal importance to each of the twelve chromatic tones”) is unique and therefore as ‘classic’ as it remains ‘modern’. (…) This rendition of a visionary composer’s concerto is indisputably worth listening to, over and over again. Indeed, Piemontesi, Knott, and the Orchestra de la Swisse Romande, have reinstated the masterpiece this concerto by all means is. And what is more, the sound quality enhances the intrinsic musical power to a superlative level. (…)

The Times 4 out of 5

Dazzling Ravel From A Swiss Whizz 

If I tried to count the recordings made of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major since its premiere in 1932, I’d need all my fingers and toes, plus some borrowed from two other people. One finger would suffice, however, for counting the times that Ravel’s jazzy creation has shared an album with such an unlikely, gnarled bedfellow as Schoenberg’s concerto of 1942, with Messiaen’s idiosyncratic bird kaleidoscope Oiseaux exotiques acting as a buffer.

The booklet notes attempt to forge a link by suggesting an American connection, either in inspiration or place of composition. Forget that. What really pulls the crazy trio together — well, two and a half of them — is the opportunity for the classy Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi to be winningly propulsive, nimble and precise.

The Ravel performance is especially dazzling, with gorgeously polished contributions from the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under the gifted European-based British conductor, Jonathan Nott.

There’s a similar drive and clarity about Messiaen’s parade of spangled bird calls, further enhanced by a vivid recording notably skilled at documenting the giant reverberations of a tam-tam.


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