Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit; Valses nobles et sentimentales; Miroirs; Sonatine; Le tombeau de Couperin; Ma mère l’oye; Jeux d’eau

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COMPOSERS: Ravel
LABELS: Decca
WORKS: Gaspard de la nuit; Valses nobles et sentimentales; Miroirs; Sonatine; Le tombeau de Couperin; Ma mère l’oye; Jeux d’eau
PERFORMER: Pascal Rogé& Denise-Françoise Rogé (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 440 836-2 ADD (1974/75)
The astonishing detail and credibly natural timbre of these transfers belie the fact that Pascal Rogé’s original Decca masters were made 20 years ago. This is a reissue of rare distinction; there are few more viscerally exciting recordings of Gaspard available. By contrast, Rogé brings flamboyance and a certain Gallic insouciance to the Valses nobles et sentimentales. This comprehensive two-disc survey of Ravel piano works also includes warmly characterised accounts of Ma mère l’oye and Le tombeau de Couperin. Winningly evocative performances, and fine sound to boot. Michael Jameson

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