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Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music / Steven Osborne, piano

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
>Ravel, Maurice : Sonatine for Piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Miroirs
>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin
>Ravel, Maurice : Menuet, for piano in C sharp minor
>Ravel, Maurice : Menuet antique
>Ravel, Maurice : Sérénade grotesque
>Ravel, Maurice : Jeux d'eau
>Ravel, Maurice : Prélude for Piano in A minor
>Ravel, Maurice : Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn
>Ravel, Maurice : A la maniere de. . . , for piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

New releases by Hyperion’s star pianist Steven Osborne have become eagerly-awaited recording events. This most delicate and subtle of musicians displays a pyrotechnical deployment of digital acrobatics, mesmerizing color control and breathtaking articulation. All these qualities are visible in this two-disc set of some of the most important piano music of the early twentieth century. Ravel’s works have been central to Osborne’s performing repertoire throughout his career, making this set a perfect marriage of composer and performer.

"Steven Osborne, ever a poised, technically impeccable virtuoso, combines clarity with heart. All a shimmering pleasure." -The Observer

"His tempos, kaleidoscopic tonal colouring, textual clarity, and amazing dynamic range and variety of touch manifest an innate empathy with the composer...These are inspired performances with Award Winner written all over them. The perfectly-voiced piano, the venue/acoustic, producer and engineer, and an artist who was born to play Ravel combine to make the best complete Ravel cycle on disc." -Classic FM

"[Gaspard] is technically immaculate... and gently seductive before turning on a more sinister pressure... "Alborada" from Miroirs is another striking success, where a trickster's ribaldry and high jinxs explode into violence, and in La Valse (suitably arranged and "orchestrated"), Osborne spins his dancers towards a visceral and devastating oblivion." -Gramophone

"Steven Osborne's survey of [Ravel] is an unqualified delight....His playing...is equally well suited to the delicate classicism of the Sonatine, the scene painting of Miroirs and the nostalgia for the 18th century in Le Tombeau de Couperin as it is to the more extrovert virtuosity of the Valses Nobles et Sentimentales." -The Guardian

"Steven Osborne brings his masterly interpretative acumen to bear with a touch and temperament that combine eloquence and deftness. Landmark works are set alongside various less frequently heard miniatures in performances that live and breathe Ravel’s distinctive world of sound, radiating luminous patterns and scintillating colour." -The daily Telegraph

"Ravel essentially reimagined how to write for the piano with each significant work. Osborne is more than up to the task...Throughout, [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...His sustaining of the 'Epilogue' is magical, as if not wishing to relinquish the spell of this recital. It is over all too soon." -BBC Music Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2010-07/14/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (09/12/2010-09/14/2010).



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Works Details

>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2010-07/14/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (09/12/2010-09/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Ravel, Maurice : Sonatine for Piano
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2010-07/14/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (09/12/2010-09/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903-1905

>Ravel, Maurice : Miroirs
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2010-07/14/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (09/12/2010-09/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904-1905

>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2010-07/14/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (09/12/2010-09/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2010-07/14/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (09/12/2010-09/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1917

>Ravel, Maurice : Menuet, for piano in C sharp minor
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2010-07/14/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (09/12/2010-09/14/2010)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904

>Ravel, Maurice : Menuet antique
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2010-07/14/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (09/12/2010-09/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1895

>Ravel, Maurice : Sérénade grotesque
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2010-07/14/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (09/12/2010-09/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1892-1893

>Ravel, Maurice : Jeux d'eau
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2010-07/14/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (09/12/2010-09/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901

>Ravel, Maurice : Prélude for Piano in A minor
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2010-07/14/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (09/12/2010-09/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Ravel, Maurice : Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2010-07/14/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (09/12/2010-09/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1909

>Ravel, Maurice : A la manière de. . . , for piano
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2010-07/14/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (09/12/2010-09/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2010-07/14/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (09/12/2010-09/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1899

>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
  • Performer: Steven Osborne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2010-07/14/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (09/12/2010-09/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1911