Debussy & Ravel: Piano Music / Ilja Hurnik, piano

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Arabesques (2) for Piano
>Debussy, Claude : Estampes (3) for Piano
>Debussy, Claude : Images (6), for piano, Sets I & II, L. 110 & L. 111
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

How many timbres shades and characters can a melodic instrument express? The repertoire for solo oboe is sparse, yet oboists can boast of a true gem: the inspiration brought to Benjamin Britten by the six oboes and the verse of the Roman poetry Ovid gave rise to the cycle Six Metamorphoses. In six personifications (Pan, Paheton, Niobe, Baaccus, Narcissus, arethusa), the impeccably refined miniatures represent contradictory human features. A similar abundance of characters is also rendered by the collection of twelve Fantasias by G. P. Telemann, one of the most productive composers of all time. This unique cycle was originally intended for the transverse flute, yet it's being played by the oboe is fully in keeping with the Baroquen performance practice, affording the soloist the opportunity to display to the full the instruments virtuosity, as well as the wide color scale and expressive abilities. A repertoire spanning the period between Baroquen and contemporary music is one of the most salient features of the recording's protagonist, Vilem Veverka, the winner of a number of international competitions and an acclaimed soloist. The 70 minutes simply fly by when listening to a solitary oboe in the hands of an artist of such distinction.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
This release, in honor of Hurnik's 90th birthday, is a capable rendering of Debussy and Ravel. His Arabesques are playful, retaining the same crispness overall. The Estampes are each infused with the proper flavor and character. 'La Soiree dans Grenade' is solid. Images is marked by an exquisite touch, as is Children's Corner Suite. The vividness and vigor are still there.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Domovina Studio, Prague.



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Arabesques (2) for Piano
  • Performer: Ilja Hurnik (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1891

>Debussy, Claude : Estampes (3) for Piano
  • Performer: Ilja Hurnik (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Debussy, Claude : Images (6), for piano, Sets I & II, L. 110 & L. 111
  • Performer: Ilja Hurnik (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1907

>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
  • Performer: Ilja Hurnik (Piano)
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (02/28/1958/03/01/1958)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908

>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
  • Performer: Ilja Hurnik (Piano)
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (12/08/1959-12/09/1959)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1911