Vanessa Wagner - Ravel: Piano Works (2014) [5.1 Edition] [Official Digital Download MCH 24-bit/96kHz]

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Vanessa Wagner - Ravel: Piano Works (2014) [5.1 Edition] [Official Digital Download MCH 24-bit/96kHz]

Vanessa Wagner - Ravel: Piano Works (2014) [5.1 Edition]
FLAC 5.1 (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 63:15 minutes | 2,32 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

„Pavane pour une infante défunte“, an early work, takes us into the world of dance that perfumes the musical world of Ravel. „Gaspard de la nuit“ in the French Romantic tradition, is a triptych inspired by three of Aloysius Bertrand's prose-ballads: Ondine, the water nymph; Le Gibet (Gallows), paints a gruesome picture of „a bell tolling from the walls of a city, beneath the skyline, and the body of a hanged man, reddened by the setting sun“; Scarbo, depicts the night-time mischief of a mocking dwarf. We return to the dance with the bold‚ “Valses nobles et sentimentales“, a series of waltzes written in 1911. Finally, „Ma Mère l'Oye“ (Mother Goose), shows Ravel's affection for his childhood days. Vanessa Wagner brings out the modernity of these scores, their sudden movements of violence, their moments of ineffable sweetness. She plays with rigour, intensity and a velvet touch.

Vanessa Wagner’s inclusion of the solo version of Ma Mère l’Oye is a nice touch which sets this Ravel recital apart from the myriad other versions. She plays a Yamaha, which perhaps lends itself less well than a Steinway to Ravel’s colourscape, though it is an aid to clarity, not least in the fast repeated notes that bedevil ‘Scarbo’. This is a notably broad reading of Gaspard, the central movement particularly drawn out (two and a half minutes longer than Argerich’s live 1978 Concertgebouw reading). Bavouzet, Tharaud and Osborne gain in atmosphere by being just that bit tauter than Wagner; she does, though, find a good degree of caprice in ‘Scarbo’, although others are more malevolent. There are good things in the faster numbers of Valses nobles and she manages to convey the vigour of the opening without becoming percussive. But turn to Volodos in his live Vienna recital and the work is lifted to another level, particularly in the more ethereal numbers. On the whole, Wagner is most convincing in the faster music; in slower numbers her rubato is arguably over-generous. ‘Le jardin féerique’ is one instance, the opening of the suite another (I’m no purist: I have a weakness for the naughty but nice arrangement of this suite for two pianos and percussion). That’s something that particularly afflicts the Pavane pour une infante défunte, a piece that Osborne and Bavouzet in their different ways realise much more effectively.


01 - Ma mère l'Oye, M. 60: I. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
02 - Ma mère l'Oye, M. 60: II. Petit Poucet
03 - Ma mère l'Oye, M. 60: III. Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes
04 - Ma mère l'Oye, M. 60: IV. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête
05 - Ma mère l'Oye, M. 60: V. Le jardin féérique
06 - Valses nobles et sentimentales: I. Modéré
07 - Valses nobles et sentimentales: II. Assez lent
08 - Valses nobles et sentimentales: III. Modéré
09 - Valses nobles et sentimentales: IV. Assez animé
10 - Valses nobles et sentimentales: V. Presque lent
11 - Valses nobles et sentimentales: VI. Assez vif
12 - Valses nobles et sentimentales: VII. Moins vif
13 - Valses nobles et sentimentales: VIII. Lent
14 - Gaspard de la Nuit, M. 55: I. Ondine
15 - Gaspard de la Nuit, M. 55: II. Le Gibet
16 - Gaspard de la Nuit, M. 55: III. Scarbo
17 - Pavane pour une infante défunte

Recorded on October 1-3, 2013 at St. Peter's Church, Paris, France.

Vanessa Wagner - piano


Analyzed: Vanessa Wagner / Ravel: Piano Works (Édition 5.1)

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR13 -16.15 dB -40.34 dB 1:50 01-I. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
DR14 -8.52 dB -31.88 dB 2:47 02-II. Petit Poucet
DR14 -4.12 dB -29.09 dB 3:06 03-III. Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes
DR16 -5.08 dB -31.54 dB 4:37 04-IV. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête
DR15 -5.70 dB -31.49 dB 3:33 05-V. Le jardin féérique
DR12 -2.65 dB -22.44 dB 1:12 06-I. Modéré
DR15 -7.19 dB -34.31 dB 2:18 07-II. Assez lent
DR12 -8.98 dB -31.42 dB 1:23 08-III. Modéré
DR11 -6.59 dB -25.60 dB 1:04 09-IV. Assez animé
DR12 -8.50 dB -29.95 dB 0:50 10-V. Presque lent
DR12 -7.02 dB -29.17 dB 0:46 11-VI. Assez vif
DR13 -2.52 dB -25.56 dB 3:26 12-VII. Moins vif
DR15 -11.15 dB -36.98 dB 5:05 13-VIII. Lent
DR14 -2.17 dB -27.59 dB 6:26 14-I. Ondine
DR19 -9.43 dB -39.88 dB 8:27 15-II. Le Gibet
DR15 -0.63 dB -25.49 dB 9:19 16-III. Scarbo
DR17 -5.82 dB -33.28 dB 7:06 17-Pavane pour une infante défunte

Number of tracks: 17
Official DR value: DR14

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 6
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 4774 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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