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Works By Ravel, Debussy & Massenet Hybrid SACD, SACD

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  • Conductor: Tortelier
  • Composer: Ravel, Debussy, Massenet
  • Audio CD (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0044FEZD0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Piano Concerto in G major (Ravel)
  2. Piano Concerto for the Left Hand (Ravel)
  3. Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra (Debussy)
  4. Valse Folle (Massenet)
  5. Papillons blancs (Massenet)
  6. Papillons noirs (Massenet)
  7. Eau courante (Massenet)
  8. Eau dormante (Massenet)
  9. Toccata (Massenet)

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Product Description

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano - BBC Symphony Orchestra - Yan Pascal Tortelier, direction

Review

An all-too-rare outing for Debussy's luxuriant Fantaisie makes this a must. Gramophone recommended. --Gramophone,Dec'10

This is a disc of pure pleasure,with some revelations thrown in for good measure. Performance ***** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,Jan'11

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Suddenly in the last few years there have been three French pianists who have burst upon the scene: Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Alexandre Tharaud, and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. And I collect the recordings of all three without fail. Bavouzet came into my view with his extraordinary recordings of the complete solo works of Debussy Debussy: Complete Works For Piano, Vol. 3, Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 2, etc. And his magnificent Haydn sonatas Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1. Now we get a (mostly) concerto CD comprising Debussy's 'Fantaisie' and the two Ravel concertos. For lagniappe we get rarely heard solo pieces by Massenet, pieces I'd never heard before. Charming and old-fashioned in this company and probably not great works, those Massenets, but delightful (and a bit surprising, honestly) to hear. The 'Toccata' is marvelous and I would never have guessed it was by Massenet. Both Roger Nichols, the writer of the fine booklet notes, and Bavouzet, in his note, comment on the similarity between Massenet's Toccata and that in Ravel's 'Tombeau de Couperin.' The 'Valse folle' is a whirlwind which sounds a good twenty years more modern than anything of Massenet's I've ever heard.

But the main dishes in this French repast are the Debussy and Ravel. The Debussy 'Fantaisie' is not often played in concert in my experience and it doesn't sound entirely like the Debussy we all know and love, largely because it is a very early work.
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Hallelujah! Put out the fatted calf! At last a thoroughly recommendable set of the Ravel Piano Concertos on SACD.

When reviewing the (extremely) sub-par efforts of Roget on Oehms, I commented that we had to retrieve our vinyl and - even - RBCD to hear these works performed well. But we can now safely return these to the shelves.

Bavouzet, the BBCSO and Tortelier are clearly of one mind in these performances. Bavouzet's playing is refined, sophisticated and just has precisely the right degree of distanced Gallic passion. The pieces flow and are structured immaculately. In short, these are thoroughly engaging, exciting and idiomatic performances.

And the fill-ups? The Massenet solo piano pieces are tuneful, interesting and pleasant miniatures. However, the Debussy Fantasie which opens the disc is - frankly - inconsequential and eminently unmemorable IMO.

The sound quality is superb throughout - with one small proviso I will come to in a minute. The piano tone is liquid, focussed and refined. The whole recording is superbly crystalline and transparent, in the best Chandos manner. As a result, every strand of the delicate orchestration in these pieces is beautifully revealed.

Now the small proviso. The piano is nicely set in a mid-hall perspective. However, I then find the orchestra too close- in other words, the piano and orchestra are a tad too close together; I would have preferred greater distancing of the latter, in normal Chandos house style! That would also have produced more hall sound.

But let's not quibble over minutiae. Bottom line, this is a fine and wholly recommendable disc.
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It seems difficult to find a masterpiece that gets as many disappointing performances as the Ravel G Major Concerto. The first two movements pose serious interpretative problems. In the first movements, these have to do with the tempo relations between the Allegramente main theme and the Meno vivo secondary sections. Meno vivo certainly means slower than the basic tempo, but how much so? Many pianists cannot resist the temptation to slam on the breaks and prepare for a show of hyper-sensitive pianism, thereby destroying both the continuity and the dry humour of the piece. In the Adagio, there is basically just one tempo, and it is certainly quite slow (`Assez lent') but not extremely so, - the piece should not sound unduly solemn or pathetic. Ravel's models here were Mozart and Saint-Saëns, not Bruckner or Tchaikovsky.
Marguerite Long's 1932 recording with the composer conducting clearly demonstrates how these pieces should be done, but that recording really sounds its age. From the stereo era, there used to be three really good recordings: the volatile, exuberant François with Cluytens (EMI), the incomparable Monique Haas with Paul Paray (DG) and as an outsider, the intensely poetic Moravec (Supraphone), endearingly accompanied by the characterful but not wholly idiomatic Prague Philharmonia under Belohlavek.
Bavouzet now joins this trio; to my ears, he finishes in second place just behind Haas. In the booklet notes, Bavouzet writes that he and Tortelier were both pupils of the great Ravelian Pierre Sancan, and they certainly know how to pace the music - in both movements, they are just seconds slower than Long or Haas. I do have some reservations, however, concerning the orchestral playing.
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