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La Vallée des Cloches - works by Ravel, Takemitsu, Messiaen / Momo Kodama

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Miroirs
>Takemitsu, Toru : Rain-Tree Sketch, for piano
>Messiaen, Olivier : La fauvette des jardins
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Momo Kodama: piano Momo Kodma's first ECM New Series album is a marvel, a mesmerizing journey from the shimmering surfaces of Miroirs, Ravel's piano cycle of 1904-45 to Messiaen's Fauvette des jardins (written in 1970), a late masterpiece of piano music from the visionary composer. Kodama's insights into Messiaen's sound-world are remarkable as she conveys his religious feeling for nature, birdsong transformed into spiritual utterance, through the compelling, insistent piano figures. Linking the two pieces like a walkway is Toru Takemitsu's Rain Tree Sketch (1982), music from the East informed by Western experiment. "Its opening bars" writes Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich in the liner notes, "evoke not only the rapturous crystalline chord progressions of Messiaen, but also the flashing, glittering sophistication of Ravel."

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
In his fascinating liner notes, Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich uses mirrors to link Kodama's program of French and Japanese repertoire. Kodama's impeccable technique and facility for crystalline sounds makes for a mesmerizing program. Miroirs, the highlight of the program, is awash in rich colors, poised and graceful. 'Rain Tree Sketch' is a lovely treat, and Messiaen's trademark bird calls thread through 'La Fauvette Des Jardins'. Impressive.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Historischer Reitstadel, Neumarkt (09/2012).



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Works Details

>Ravel, Maurice : Miroirs
  • Performer: Momo Kodama (Piano)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904-1905

>Takemitsu, Toru : Rain-Tree Sketch, for piano
  • Performer: Momo Kodama (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Messiaen, Olivier : La fauvette des jardins
  • Performer: Momo Kodama (Piano)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1970