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There used to be an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records to the effect that Ravel wrote the least amount of music of any great composer. And if you look at the orchestrations that he made of piano originals, then the amount of music becomes smaller still. Many of his most popular works, including the ubiquitous Pavane for a Dead Princess, the Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, Alborada del Gracioso, Le Tombeau de Couperin, Mother Goose, and Une Barque sur l'Ocean exist in both orchestral an piano versions, but there's still a good bit of original piano music, including the lovely Sonatine and most importantly, Gaspard de la Nuit. Thibaudet has played all of this music since he started teething: he knows it and loves it, and it shows. --David Hurwitz

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listen  1. Ravel: Sérénade grotesque 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ravel: Menuet antique 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte 6:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ravel: Jeux d'eau 5:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ravel: Sonatine, M.40 - for Piano - 1. Modéré 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ravel: Sonatine, M.40 - for Piano - 2. Mouvement de menuet 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ravel: Sonatine, M.40 - for Piano - 3. Animé 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ravel: Miroirs - 1. Noctuelles 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ravel: Miroirs - 2. Oiseaux tristes 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ravel: Miroirs - 3. Une barque sur l'océan 7:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ravel: Miroirs - 4. Alborada del gracioso 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ravel: Miroirs - 5. La vallée des cloches 6:15$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, M.55 - Ondine 6:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, M.55 - Le gibet 7:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, M.55 - Scarbo 8:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ravel: Menuet sur le nom de Haydn 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Piano - 1. Modéré - très franc 1:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Piano - 2. Assez lent - avec une expression intense 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Piano - 3. Modéré 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Piano - 4. Assez animé 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Piano - 5. Presque lent - dans un sentiment intime 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Piano - 6. Assez vif0:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Piano - 7. Moins vif 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Piano - 8. Epilogue (Lent) 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Ravel: Prélude 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Ravel: A la manière de. . . Borodine 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Ravel: A la manière de. . . Chabrier 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 1. Prélude 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 2. Fugue 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 3. Forlane 5:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 4. Rigaudon 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 5. Menuet 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 6. Toccata 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
  • Composer: M. Ravel
  • Audio CD (September 15, 1992)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041ZK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,026 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 8, 2004
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I have to admit that I found some aspects of Mr. Thibaudet's interpretations of these pieces disorienting. However, as I got out the scores, worked on some of them myself, and listened to these recordings repeatedly, I can now say that I understand more about what the performer is after. Not that I always agree with him. Another person on this site discussed the staccato in the accompaniment of the Pavane. Yes, the orchestral recordings have a lush almost wet sound and many pianists go for that same sound. But once you look at the score, you see those staccato notes are there. Personally, I would soften that effect; I think this performance does sound a bit too dry. But I understand his choice and enjoy having had my horizons broadened.
Mr. Thibaudet has a very capable facility, lots of technique, and a clear idea of each piece and he delivers it without faltering or compromise. I admire that a lot in a performer. His choices ask us for a reaction and we are free to accept or reject what he has offered us. When I first heard these recordings I was quite stand offish, but over time I have come to enjoy them much more and am grateful to Mr. Thibaudet for his strength of conviction as well as his superior musicianship.
I encourage you to get these recordings because they are a strong interpretation of Ravel. You may love everything about it, or you may reject aspects of his interpretations. But in any case you will be enriched by hearing these pieces in a clear and beautifully personal way. That is an important aspect of why we make music and a reason why these recordings are so valuable.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 23, 2006
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Jean-Yves Thibaudet is the reigning master of the French repertoire for the piano. Not that his talent stops there: a survey of his recordings and performances demonstrate that this is one contemporary master who is equally at home in Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, contemporary works, etc, and he is a fine collaborator with other superb artists. His approach to the keyboard is at once romantic and informed and his technique is dazzling.

The two CD recording does the impossible in demonstrating the Thibaudet can toss of the most lightly fragrant works as well as the formidable challenges of 'Gaspard de la nuit' and the brutally difficult fugue from the elegant 'Le tombeau de Couperin'. Scattered throughout this recital are some rarities such as the 'Sérénade grotesque', the 'Minuet antique', 'Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn', and 'À la manière de. . .' as well as the much loved 'Pavane pour une infante défunte', 'Miroirs' and the 'Valses nobles et sentimentales', each of which Thibaudet transcends the art of impressionist music and takes it to another realm of communication.

But for this listener it is the complete 'Le tombeau de Couperin' that calls for constant replay, so varied are the spirits of the various movements and so surely correct is Thibaudet's touch. And for sheer brilliance this recorded version of 'Gaspard de la nuit' is a pinnacle achievement.

The recording technique used to capture this recital is superb and the presence of the piano is live but never strident. In short, this is a magnificent recording by a consummate artist. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, February 06
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By MOVIE MAVEN on June 20, 1999
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Is there a living pianist who plays this music better than Thibaudet? I don't think so. This 2 disc set is a treasure to own. Ravel is one of my two or three favorite composers and I have many albums of the piano pieces inc. Rubenstein, DeLaroccha, Simon, Casadesus, etc. Thibaudet wins hands down. (although DeLaroccha on both her albums of the concerti is pretty amazing!)
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David A. Wend on November 21, 2001
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I cannot agree with the reviewers who are lukewarm about this set. When these recordings first appeared they were hailed by Gramophone magazine as magnificent interpretations of Ravel's piano music, and Thibaudet's Gaspard is still regarded as one of the few recordings of that work that captures the nuances that Ravel wanted.
The works recorded here are beautifully played and interpreted with great sensitivity. This is a set that can be equaled but not surpassed. If you are interested in the music of Maurice Ravel this set is a must.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jurgen Lawrenz on May 11, 2013
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Ravel was in no two minds about the meaning of music and composing: It is the expression of feelings. His inimitable technique and refinement of pianistic colours were in service of this impulse. He rarely composed fireworks for the sake of making fireworks (maybe only the Mussorgsky orchestration); it was always something breaking out of his soul that demanded to be expressed in tones.
Now there are different way of responding to such impulses, once they are fixed in a structure that makes itself amenable to pianists with appropriate manual dexterity. Thibaudet's approach has many admirers, as I'm aware. But to my sensibilities he is a cold fish, fastidious to a fault, reticent to a fault and overly finicky with the value if single notes and the placement of phrases, sometimes with less than ideal overall coherence. If this is "charm", then I don't know what "charm" is. To my mind it is playing games with "expression", an invitation to the audience to applaud such subtleties and nuances, though they are ultimately for their own sake and have precious little to do with drawing the magic, mystery and melodiousness of Ravel's music into the light.
I don't wish to harp unduly. I can't play the pieces, so I admire the fingerwork. But that's as far as I would go. Many pianists play these works to perfection, as far as a fingerwork is concerned. Merely as an example, the Finale of the Gaspard, that sinister and violent explosion of rhythmical complexities, is subdued by Thibaudet into something fit for a kindergarten. Compare Argerich, who is perhaps over the top with her exhibitionist tendency, but the little devil is here portrayed as a devil, not as a doll with a devil's mask.
There is a rivalling recording by Laplante that has everything this album has, plus everything this album does not have. I invite to you seriously sample that recording. It pays homage to Ravel, which somehow I doubt was much on Thibaudet's mind when he made this recording.
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