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  • Composer: Maurice Ravel
  • Audio CD (28 Feb. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B004K4T6DO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Gaspard de la nuit
  2. Sonatine
  3. Miroirs
  4. La valse

Disc: 2

  1. Le tombeau de Couperin
  2. Menuet in C sharp minor
  3. Menuet antique
  4. Sérénade grotesque
  5. Jeux deau
  6. PréludeMenuet sur le nom dHaydn
  7. À la manière de Borodine
  8. À la manière de Chabrier
  9. Pavane pour une infante défunte
  10. Valses nobles et sentimentales

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CD Description

As performed at The Proms 2011

Review

The perfectly-voiced piano,the venue/acoustic,producer and engineer,and an artist who was born to play Ravel combine to make the best Ravel cycle on disc. EDITORS CHOICE --Classic fm Magazine,Apr'11

Technically immaculate(and)beautifully recorded. Gramophone Recommends. --Gramophone,Apr'11

This is the finest Ravel anthology of the CD era. ***** --Financial Times,12/03/11

Very highly recommended,even among the greatest of competition,Osborne may have set a new benchmark. IRR OUTSTANDING --IRR,Mar'11

Osborne is more than up to the task.(He) repeatedly demonstrates not merely that these performances stand with the best,but also that comparisons are superfluous in the face of such a compelling vision. DISC OF THE MONTH --BBC Music Magazine,May'11

Very highly recommended,even among the greatest of competition,Osborne may have set a new benchmark. IRR OUTSTANDING --IRR,Mar'11

Osborne is more than up to the task.(He) repeatedly demonstrates not merely that these performances stand with the best,but also that comparisons are superfluous in the face of such a compelling vision. DISC OF THE MONTH --BBC Music Magazine,May'11

Very highly recommended,even among the greatest of competition,Osborne may have set a new benchmark. IRR OUTSTANDING --IRR,Mar'11

Critics' Choice 2011 --Gramophone,Dec'11

Very highly recommended,even among the greatest of competition,Osborne may have set a new benchmark. IRR OUTSTANDING --IRR,Mar'11

Chosen as one of the Top 100 Cds of 2012 --Sunday Times,11/12/11

Very highly recommended,even among the greatest of competition,Osborne may have set a new benchmark. IRR OUTSTANDING --IRR,Mar'11

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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.
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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.
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Hi there THe two cd's were excellent reproduction and sound very good.
Would reccomend it to anyone.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Playing -Wonderful Sound 9 Nov. 2012
By crispy critter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Osborne made a great part of his musical journey studying Ravel. Unbelieveable technique, but not to a fault, as the emotional and at times dark nature of the compositions come through. Emotionally capturing Ravel and not brittle to these ears.Truly one of the greatest modern solo interpetations I have ever heard. Very moving with stunning talent Steven Osborne owns these pieces and this double CD can be reccommended to any Ravel or Classical or Piano fan of any persuasion. You will love and cannot go wrong with the sound quality emptional conviction and stunning playing on this 2 disk set from the wonderful Hyperion label.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Opens up a gigantic, new domain for Ravel's multi-layered richness. 12 April 2014
By Ronald Haak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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 predecessors. What a thrill to compare Osborne broad horizon and reach 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 limited to 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 revealing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful playing Of Ravel's Complete Solo Piano Music!!!! 1 Jan. 2015
By A/Burrows - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars ... this because of my feeling that Osborne is a fine pianist and that one can never have too much ... 10 May 2016
By John H. Pendley - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this because of my feeling that Osborne is a fine pianist and that one can never have too much Ravel. Osborne is, perhaps, too cool and too modern of temperament to bring this music fully to life. One would do better with Simon, Lortie, Hewitt, or Casadesus in complete traversals and any number of Gaspards, Miroirs, Sonatines (don't miss Moravec), etc. So, while this is good, if you have a favorite maybe you should be satisfied.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Jan. 2015
By AV - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent
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