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Winston Choi Performs Mikhashoff & Ravel

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
>Mikhashoff, Yvar : Elemental Figures, for piano
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Pianist and composer Yvar Mikhashoff had an international performing career that led him to promote new music and American music around the world. He organized many festivals and broadcasts throughout the world, notably at the Almeida Theater in London and De Ijsbreker in Amsterdam. Mikhashoff was one of the founders of the North American New Music Festival in Buffalo and its co-director, with Jan Williams, for 11 years. The Canadian pianist Winston Choi offers splendid performances of Mikhashoff's Elemental Figures and Ravel's Gaspard. The parallel design of Ravel's work and Mikhashoff's is multi-faceted and extensive. Both are trilogies that are associated with poetry and the tempos and the structure of both works are similar.

"A fascinating coupling. Ravel's graveyard for pianists, Gaspard de la nuit, was the direct inspiration for Yvar Mikhashoff's Elemental Figures. We hear the Ravel first, in a wonderfully colorful performance. Winston Choi is a pianist new to me, but I hope to make rapid reacquaintance. He has been reviewed several times in previous issues of Fanfare, however, in repertoire that is never far from intriguing. Choi's technique is astonishingly fluent, enabling him to render Ravel's perfumed sonorities with seeming ease. Even "Scarbo" holds no terrors for him, and interpretatively he is able to hold his head high...Elemental Figures is a late, and significant, work of around 30 minutes duration. Cast in three movements ("Diviner," "Shaman," and "Sybil"), in terms of technical difficulty it could be referred to as Gaspard squared. Once again, Choi does not shirk any of the challenges. Parallels between the Ravel and Mikhashoff's Elemental Figures are many, but in the end the Mikhashoff stands on its own two feet." - Colin Clarke, Fanfare

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bowling Green State University (05/11/2008-05/12/2008).



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>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
  • Performer: Winston Choi (Piano)
  • Notes: Bowling Green State University (05/11/2008-05/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Mikhashoff, Yvar : Elemental Figures, for piano
  • Performer: Winston Choi (Piano)
  • Notes: Bowling Green State University (05/11/2008-05/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary