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"Vitkauskaite's performance of each of the score's five movements [of Ravel's Miroirs] comes alive with scintillating pianism and a kaleidoscope of colors. Listen, for example to the peaks of foam that aerate the surface of her Une barque sur l océan, or to the tintinnabulations of her La vallée des cloches, in which she so effectively differentiates her touch and pedaling to simulate the varying tolling, chiming, and tinkling bell sounds a remarkable display of technique and sensitivity to Ravel's brilliant tone painting... Vitkauskaite's reading of the piece [Beethoven Op. 101]...leaves no doubt that she is a Beethoven interpreter of penetrating insight. Her phrasing breathes in a way that makes Beethoven's rising and falling gestures sound truly conversational... Rasa Vitkauskaite captures the grotesqueries of Liebermann's gothic wardens of evil with both chilling and mischievously wicked effect... The Sonata in G Minor by Argentinean composer Carlos Vicente Guastavino (1912-2000) is a work I'd not previously heard. Despite its having been written in 1945, its first two movements are ear-caressing, somewhat nostalgic-sounding music of extraordinary beauty in an autumnal Romantic style that bears more than a passing resemblance to the late piano pieces by Brahms. In contrast, the third movement is in a much more modernistic and virtuosic style that momentarily channels Rachmaninoff and sounds like it comes from or belongs to a different work. The entire sonata, by the way, lasts fewer than 10 minutes. Nonetheless, enough of its Romantic impulses and gorgeous piano writing come across in this deeply felt performance by Rasa Vitkauskaite to motivate me to explore more of this fascinating composer's music. All around, this is a most intelligently programmed and beautifully realized recorded debut recital, complete with copiously footnoted booklet analyses of each work authored by Vitkauskaite and Jan Swafford. Ongaku's impressive recorded sound from the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, completes the package for this enthusiastically recommended release." --Fanfare, Jerry Dubbins

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Miroirs: I. Noctuelles
  2. Miroirs: II. Oiseaux tristes
  3. Miroirs: III. Une barque sur l'océan
  4. Miroirs: IV. Alborada del gracioso
  5. Miroirs: V. La vallée des cloches
  6. Gargoyles, Op. 29: I. Presto
  7. Gargoyles, Op. 29: II. Adagio semplice, ma con molto rubato
  8. Gargoyles, Op. 29: III. Allegro moderato
  9. Gargoyles, Op. 29: IV. Presto feroce
  10. Sonata in A Major, Op. 101: I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo)
  11. Sonata in A Major, Op. 101: II. Lebhaft. Marschmäßig (Vivace alla Marcia)
  12. Sonata in A Major, Op. 101: III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio, ma non troppo, con affetto)
  13. Sonata in A Major, Op. 101: IV. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit (Allegro)
  14. Sonatina in G Minor: I. Allegretto
  15. Sonatina in G Minor: II. Lento muy expresivo
  16. Sonatina in G Minor: III. Presto


Product details

  • Performer: Rasa Vitkauskaite
  • Composer: Maurice Ravel, Lowell Liebermann, Ludwig van Beethoven, Carlos Guastavino
  • Audio CD (July 15, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ongaku Records
  • ASIN: B00LDIY9HS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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