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Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit; Piano Concerto in G; Valses Nobles et Sentimentales; Debussy: Children's Corner / Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, piano

Audio Samples

>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major
>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major
>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
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Notes & Reviews:

Praga presents the first release in a series of recordings by the legendary pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, specially remastered for SACD. Michelangeli is widely considered to be one of the finest pianists of the 20th Century. Owing to his obsessive perfectionism, relatively few studio recordings were released during Michelangeli's lifetime. However, these are augmented by numerous recordings (both authorized and bootleg) of live performances. This disc collects 'approved' live recordings of works by Ravel and Debussy from 1960, carefully remastered to DSD from mono and stereo tapes.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
Gaspard de la Nuit, considered one of the pinnacles of pianistic achievement, is unbelievably executed. Michelangeli has legendary mastery of timbre and sonorities. His precision, down to every rhythmic gesture and articulation, is shown in 'Ondine'. The rest of the Ravel is aurally stunning. Michelangeli has an ear for different harmonies and idioms, ranging from jazz to the impressionist and modernist idioms in the Valse Nobles et Sentimentales. Ravel's Piano Concerto is a study of color and contrasts, from the jazzy first movement to the tranquil Mozartean II. The melodies flow naturally from his fingertips. His moods are dreamy. The Children's Corner Suite is charming and personal. Michelangeli's superb touch is apparent even in these modest miniatures. His interpretations are straightforward. Michelangeli is one of the triumphs of modern pianism - the kind of pianist whose playing illuminates. A must-purchase.



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Works Details

>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
  • Performer: Arturo Michelangeli (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major
  • Performer: Arturo Michelangeli (Piano)
  • Conductor: Ettore Gracis
  • Running Time: 21 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1929-1931

>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
  • Performer: Arturo Michelangeli (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1911
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
  • Performer: Arturo Michelangeli (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908
  • Studio/Live: Live