'...a recording to treasure...' The Observer
The widespread acclaim which met the release of Artur Pizarro's first volume of Ravel ensured that the popular pianist would be back to record Vol. 2. 'Phenomenal', 'scintillating' and 'super-refined' were just some of the superlatives used to describe Pizarro's performance. The Complete Works of Ravel Vol. 2 surpasses the incredibly high standards set by Vol. 1 as Pizarro reaches new heights with an outstanding performance.
Pavane pour une Infante défunte, one of Ravel's most popular pieces, is played beautifully in its original piano version. The suite Le tombeau de Couperin pays homage to French music of the eighteenth century whose premiere elicited a warm and enthusiastic reception, a response which continues to this day. Valse nobles et sentimentales is highly stylised and harmonically complex, and is considered of seminal importance for Ravel's future writing. Ravel himself considered the Sonatine too advanced for his supreme pianistic skills. Pizarro's virtuosity is apparent in his notable performance.
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"This is a very clever bit of pianism."more >>MusicWeb International
"...warm, gleaming and intimate."more >>hi-fi +
"We are not short of Ravel discs but I would place this (and the first volume) the top of the list."more >>Listener
"dignified and delicate"more >>Atlanta Audio Society
"...a beautifully focused tone...perfection"more >>Opus Musica
"...sencillamente perfecto..."more >>HMV Choice
Lovingly sculpted Ravel played on an instrument with a difference...more >>Klassik.com
"Konzentriert und impulsiv, beherrscht und temperamentvoll, klangsinnig und hörend, strukturell und emotional erwärmt."more >>The List
"Pizarro's playing suits Ravel to perfection."more >>Sunday Herald
"These are masterful performances..."more >>MusicOMH
"It is beautiful music played lovingly..."more >>International Record Review
"Pizarro has no rivals."more >>BBC Online
"This is a deeply pleasurable disc, and one I believe Ravel would have approved of."more >>The Scotsman
"Pizarro brings to the table a bold ingenuity and freshness..."more >>Audiophile Audition
"...Pizarro's Bluthner concert grand sounds just about right..."more >>AudioVideoHD
"Magnífico."more >>The Times
"...prances and winks with light-fingered panache."more >>Politiken
Artur Pizarro er en mild løve, der fortaber sig i strålende klangverdener - til stor glæde for lytterne.more >>Musical Pointers
"There is a quality of attention to detail and focus which grips the attention..."more >>Financial Times
"[Pizarro] shows there is a dreamily seductive side to Ravel."more >>Metro
"...just heavenly."more >>SA-CD.net
"A delight from beginning to end..."more >>The Observer
"a recording to treasure"more >>