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Complete Piano Works of Ravel, plus Ravel tributes by Casella, Honegger, Kendall Briggs, Marcus Aydintan, Anton Plate & Benedict Mason / Hinrich Alpers, piano

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Sérénade grotesque
>Ravel, Maurice : Menuet antique
>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
>Ravel, Maurice : Jeux d'eau
>Ravel, Maurice : Sonatine for Piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Miroirs
>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
>Ravel, Maurice : Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn
>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
>Ravel, Maurice : Prélude for Piano in A minor
>Ravel, Maurice : A la manière de. . . , for piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin
>Ravel, Maurice : Menuet, for piano in C sharp minor
>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
>Casella, Alfredo : A la manière de ..., Series 2
>Honegger, Arthur : Hommage à Ravel, for piano (Trois pièces 1919 no 2), H. 23/2
>Briggs, Kendall : Hommage à Ravel, for piano
>Aydintan, Marcus : Encore avec Ravel, piano
>Plate, Anton : Erinnerung an Maurice Ravel, for piano
>Mason, Benedict : Galoches en d'août, for piano
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

German Pianist Hinrich Alpers' second studio recording features the complete piano works of Maurice Ravel, presented on two discs, ending the proceedings with a series of contemporary commissions in homage to the great French composer. Mr. Alpers, First Prize winner, the 3rd Int'l Telekom Beethoven Competition in Bonn, Germany and Laureate of Canada's Honens Int'l Piano Competition, wants you to listen. "I want to inspire others to enjoy and think about music," comments Alpers. "Music is one of the most direct and powerful ways of communicating and listeners depend on honest and inspired performers." Hinrich has performed in recital, as soloist with orchestra, and as collaborator in chamber music and lieder throughout Europe, the USA and Canada. Mr. Alpers made his acclaimed Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall debut in March 2008. Splitting his time between Berlin and Hanover, he spends as much time as possible outdoors and listens to everything from Bach to Coltrane. "... music making of the highest order. Remember this name: Hinrich Alpers." (The New York Sun, March 2008)

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Alpers, in contrast, presents a more varied program of Ravel's oeuvre - the complete works, ordered chronologically, starting with the Mediterranean-infused Serenade Grotesque. His Sonatine, with its stricter pulse and more controlled dynamics, is more convincing than Vladar's. It is more sensitively played, with a softer, more delicate touch. Taking Jeux d'eau at a slower tempo and more subdued touch than Vladar, Alpers maintains both the clarity and the mystery of the work. The Gaspard de la Nuit suite is exquisite. The works in homage to Chabrier and Borodin are performed appropriately.

I prefer Alpers's softer, more subtle approach to Vladar's direct and more technically- oriented playing. Furthermore, Alpers offers the complete set and thus a fuller picture of Ravel's works for the piano.



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Works Details

>Ravel, Maurice : Sérénade grotesque
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1892-1893

>Ravel, Maurice : Menuet antique
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1895

>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1899

>Ravel, Maurice : Jeux d'eau
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901

>Ravel, Maurice : Sonatine for Piano
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903-1905

>Ravel, Maurice : Miroirs
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904-1905

>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Ravel, Maurice : Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1909

>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1911

>Ravel, Maurice : Prélude for Piano in A minor
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Ravel, Maurice : A la manière de. . . , for piano
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1917

>Ravel, Maurice : Menuet, for piano in C sharp minor
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904

>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Casella, Alfredo : A la manière de ..., Series 2 :: Ravel
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Honegger, Arthur : Hommage à Ravel, for piano (Trois pièces 1919 no 2), H. 23/2
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915

>Briggs, Kendall : Hommage à Ravel, for piano
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Aydintan, Marcus : Encore avec Ravel, piano
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Plate, Anton : Erinnerung an Maurice Ravel, for piano
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mason, Benedict : Galoches en d'août, for piano
  • Performer: Hinrich Alpers (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary