Ravel: Piano Music

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LABELS: Harmonia Mundi
WORKS: Piano Music
PERFORMER: Claude Helffer (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: HMA 1901922 ADD (1970)
Claude Helffer plays an imaginative Ravel programme, coupling major works with pieces on a smaller scale. Most successful are the charming miniatures A la manière de . . . Borodine & Chabrier and the virtuoso aspects of Jeux d’eau and the Valses nobles et sentimentales. The recorded sound is rather hard and therefore atmosphere or tenderness can be found wanting. Consequently the coda of the Valses and the dark visions of Gaspard are less satisfactory. Terry Barfoot