3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2014
Osborne is one of the rare pianists who goes beyond adding gloss or a new wrinkle. For the first time, it's borne in on me that Ravel's keyboard sound world has affinities with Scarlatti and other predesessors! What a thrill to compare Osborne's broad horizons with Gieseking's tightly bounded, micro-world of crystalline perfection!
It's impossible to overstate the revolutionary outreach of Osborne's perceptions of Ravel. This is not just someone twisting note clusters in novel ways. He awakens resonances with the solo keyboard pieces of 16C northern Germany and with Scarlatti & his peers. I recommend beginning with CD2 and skipping judiciously to lock into track 7 and then carry on without interruption.
Bavouzet presented Debussy with a new wrinkle, but it was always Debussy. Gould's miracles With Bach were always limited to Bach when he played Bach. Osborne's Ravel transcends time, place and composer & every Ravel purist will shudder with gratitude and approval.
CD2 is the treasure trove. CD1 is far less revelatory.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2015
Having seen this fine pianist recently performing Ravel's Piano Concerto in G I checked to see if he has recorded it but unfortunately he hasn't. However in 2011 for Hyperion Records he did record all of Ravel's Complete Solo Piano Music, so that is certainly enough to be getting on with. I had heard of his excellent reputation and having seen him live I soon realised the special talent he has with an understated but sensitive and scintillating touch that is very beautiful to listen to.
This style comes across perfectly in this two CD recording of Ravel's piano music and the highlights for me were La valse, Le tombeau de Couperin and especially Valses nobles et sentimentales.
Now I'm waiting for him to record the Piano Concerto in G and give Martha Argerich a run for her money.