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Taking time off from her definitive series of J.S. Bach recordings, Angela Hewitt here brings us the complete solo piano music of Ravel. Anyone who wondered whether this seemingly dyed-in-the wool Bachian might stumble should rest assured: this is a stunning double-disc. As Hewitt makes clear in her characteristically illuminating liner notes, Stravinsky's jibe that Ravel was "only a Swiss clock-maker" was hopelessly off the mark. "One doesn't need to open one's chest to show that one has a heart," said Ravel, and in these often understated recordings, one is made to feel his point powerfully. "Scarbo" is all the more dramatic through the suppressed excitement Hewitt's playing exudes. "Ondine" and "Le Gibet" are at once immaculately controlled and intensely atmospheric. In addition to those works most frequently played, we also get rarities, like "Sérénade grotesque," written when Ravel was 18, and not published until 1975. As Hewitt points out, Ravel's favorite composer was Mozart, and she plays him with a Mozartean subtlety of nuance. --Michael Church

Disc: 1
1. Menuet antique
2. Pavane pour une infante defunte
3. Sonatine: Modere
4. Sonatine: Mouvement de menuet
5. Sonatine: Anime
6. Valses nobles et sentimentales: Modere-tres franc
7. Valses nobles et sentimentales: Assez lent
8. Valses nobles et sentimentales: Modere
9. Valses nobles et sentimentales: Assez lent
10. Valses nobles et sentimentales: Presque lent
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Disc: 2
1. Serenade grotesque
2. Jeux d'eau
3. Gaspard de la nuit: Ondine
4. Gaspard de la nuit: Le Gibet
5. Gaspard de la nuit: Scarbo
6. Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn
7. Prelude
8. A la maniere de Borodine
9. A la maniere de Chabrier
10. Miroirs: Noctuelles
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Product Details

  • Performer: Angela Hewitt
  • Composer: Maurice Ravel
  • Audio CD (May 14, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B000063TSM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Will lift you out of your chair.
Zeno
Absolutely beautiful overall, powerful when needed, delicate when appropriate and always sensitive to what, I believe, were Ravel's intentions.
Alan D. Hewitt
Overall this set can be considered as one of the very finest of the ones currently available to collectors.
I. Giles

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Angela Hewitt, already known for her excellent interpretations of Bach's piano works, has turned her attentions to Ravel with equal effect. Her well-researched and accessibly-written liner notes alone are worth the price of the CD and it is clear that the research has not been just an intellectual exercise. Her playing is informed and technically splendid and the album benefits from a fine piano and good acoustics, essential elements in recording Ravel.
I enjoy Angela's chameleon-like ability to play Bach as Bach, Ravel as Ravel, Granados as Granados, etc...Her technique is marvellous but, unlike many other great pianists, her ego takes a back seat and lets the composers/compositions shine in their own right.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Alan D. Hewitt on February 26, 2003
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Absolutely beautiful overall, powerful when needed, delicate when appropriate and always sensitive to what, I believe, were Ravel's intentions. But these are also fresh interpretations that I felt that I was listening to for the first time, especially the "Pavan." I have almost all of her Bach recordings and I am in the process of wearing them out! The Ravel is on that same level. Very highly recommended, even if you don't care for Ravel.
Alan Hewitt (no relation, to the best of my knowledge)
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Alan Lekan on May 24, 2005
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Taking a break from her vast Bach cycle for Hyperion Records, Angela Hewitt puts her mind and fingers to the very different musical challanges of Maurice Ravel and the 19th-century French romantic-modern style. Well, all here is not completely divergent from Bach's music as Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin" is a "Bach or Couperin-like suite" containing a prelude, fugue, menuet and toccata - but, of course, not sounding anything like either of the Baroque masters! Regardless of the composer in question, Angela Hewitt is known for delving deep into a composer's life and music to emerge with the purest, most representative essence of each work. Accordingly, her readings in general stay true to the score and intent of the composer and are a good reference point with minimal "outside influences." Accordingly, her Ravel conceptions here are very idiomatic to the man and his era.

Having "one foot in classicism, another in Romanticm and yet another in Modernism," Ravel's music fascinates with its combination of clarity of form, evocative harmonies, gentle nuances and curiously shifting tonalities. Angela Hewitt's finesseful style is well suited to Ravel's often delicate, imagery-rich music with her lovely phrasing, feathery touch, and ability to achieve the beautiful tonal colorations so characteristic of French music of this period. As often stated about French music, "It is always meant to be beautiful," and Angela Hewitt sure can create beauty in this music. Ravel's dreamy, cascading pieces (Sonatine, Jeaux D'eau, Ondine and Miroirs) are conveyed with the lightest of texture, nuanced lyricism and feminine touch that can make Ravel sound so enchanting. Never a harsh note is heard.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Zeno on March 16, 2007
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Perhaps a little poetic of a description, but that's my simple, non-expert opinion. I've heard various versions of Ravel's piano works over the years, but never like this: brilliant, crystalline, and crisply articulated; each turn of phrase throws light in all directions. Will lift you out of your chair. Simply dazzling.
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28 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Doug - Haydn Fan VINE VOICE on April 5, 2008
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Ms Hewitt, who at her considerable best regularly turns out very good Baroque offerings, here falls short of the finest interpretations of Ravel. Although the CD shows Ms Hewitt as a charming player in this modern (for her) repetoire, and although her piano is very nicely recorded certain hard facts have to be faced. Part of the problem is quite simply the lofty reaches of competition in this music: although a pianist of high standards and no small charm, considered against the finest pianists of all time Ms Hewitt rarely suggests overwhelming mastery and imagination. (On the other hand I have given four stars to some fine CDs, so I hope readers will not take this review as a dish!) Merely an attempt to add a little perspective and balance to the endless enconiums bursting out in the press over this CD like Ragweed in Spring.

First and foremost there's the little matter of price. At nearly fifty dollars for two CDs we're talking ridiculous! Surely the Euro isn't that strong against the dollar. What we're talking about here is marketing a popular commodity until the buyer finally comes down with the pocketbook equivalent of nosebleed. At a fourth the price of this set a buyer can pick up the estimable and certainly competitive Pacal Roge set - Ravel: Piano Works With the money left over you could then purchase a spectacular 2 CD set of Ravels' orchestra works conducted by MartinonRavel: Orchestral Works; But wait! You're not through! Just like the late night TV adds for fancy tomato cutters, there's still more!
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