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Acclaimed pianist Elaine Greenfield dazzles with originality, virtuosity and exuberant tone richness on her album Ravel Compared on Navona Records. The French composer's works are brilliantly analyzed and brought to novel clarity with Greenfield's ingenious idea of recording the same repertoire twice, on two very different pianos - and juxtaposing them on this double album. The first disc presents Ravel's music on an 1893 Erard from Paris, the same make and model as the composer's personal piano, from which Greenfield coaxes a mellow, full-bodied tone with an almost liquid quality. This rendition is contrasted with a second on an American Ivers & Pond parlor concert grand from 1917, brightly highlighting Ravel's idiosyncratic harmonies with modern, almost contemporary exactitude. Put together, Ravel Compared palpably illustrates the depth of both Greenfield's skill as a performer as well as Ravel's aptitude as a composer - as lively and vivid as perhaps never before.
Acclaimed pianist Elaine Greenfield dazzles with originality, virtuosity and exuberant tone richness on her album Ravel Compared on Navona Records. The French composer's works are brilliantly analyzed and brought to novel clarity with Greenfield's ingenious idea of recording the same repertoire twice, on two very different pianos - and juxtaposing them on this double album. The first disc presents Ravel's music on an 1893 Erard from Paris, the same make and model as the composer's personal piano, from which Greenfield coaxes a mellow, full-bodied tone with an almost liquid quality. This rendition is contrasted with a second on an American Ivers & Pond parlor concert grand from 1917, brightly highlighting Ravel's idiosyncratic harmonies with modern, almost contemporary exactitude. Put together, Ravel Compared palpably illustrates the depth of both Greenfield's skill as a performer as well as Ravel's aptitude as a composer - as lively and vivid as perhaps never before.
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Format: CD
Label: NAVONA
Rel. Date: 04/01/2022
UPC: 896931007016

Ravel Compared (2pk)
Artist: Elaine Greenfield
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1. Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte, M. 19 (1893 Erard)
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2. Sonatine, M. 40: I. Modéré (1893 Erard)
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3. Sonatine, M. 40: II. Mouvement De Menuet (1893 Erard)
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4. Sonatine, M. 40: III. Animé (1893 Erard)
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5. Miroirs, M. 43 (Excerpts): No. 2, Oiseaux Tristes [1893 Erard]
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6. Miroirs, M. 43 (Excerpts): No. 4, Alborada Del Gracioso [1893 Erard]
7. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, M. 61: No. 1, Modéré, Très Franc (1893 Erard)
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8. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, M. 61: No. 2, Assez Lent, Avec Une Expression Intense (1893 Erard)
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9. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, M. 61: No. 3, Modéré (1893 Erard)
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10. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, M. 61: No. 4, Assez Animé (1893 Erard)
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11. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, M. 61: No. 5, Presque Lent, Dans Un Sentiment Intime (1893 Erard)
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12. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, M. 61: No. 6, Vif (1893 Erard)
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13. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, M. 61: No. 7, Moins Vif (1893 Erard)
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14. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, M. 61: No. 8, Épilogue. Lent (1893 Erard)
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15. Gaspard De La Nuit, M. 55: No. 1, Ondine (1893 Erard)
16. Le Tombeau De Couperin, M. 68: No. 6, Toccata (1893 Erard)
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1. Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte, M. 19 (1917 Ivers & Pond)
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2. Sonatine, M. 40: I. Modéré (1917 Ivers & Pond)
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3. Sonatine, M. 40: II. Mouvement De Menuet (1917 Ivers & Pond)
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4. Sonatine, M. 40: III. Animé (1917 Ivers & Pond)
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5. Miroirs, M. 43 (Excerpts): No. 2, Oiseaux Tristes [1917 Ivers & Pond]
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6. Miroirs, M. 43 (Excerpts): No. 4, Alborada Del Gracioso [1917 Ivers & Pond]
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7. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, M. 61: No. 1, Modéré, Très Franc (1917 Ivers & Pond)
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8. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, M. 61: No. 2, Assez Lent, Avec Une Expression Intense (1917 Ivers & Pond)
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9. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, M. 61: No. 3, Modéré (1917 Ivers & Pond)
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10. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, M. 61: No. 4, Assez Animé (1917 Ivers & Pond)
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11. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, M. 61: No. 5, Presque Lent, Dans Un Sentiment Intime (1917 Ivers & Pond)
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12. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, M. 61: No. 6, Vif (1917 Ivers & Pond)
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13. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, M. 61: No. 7, Moins Vif (1917 Ivers & Pond)
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14. Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, M. 61: No. 8, Épilogue. Lent (1917 Ivers & Pond)
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15. Gaspard De La Nuit, M. 55: No. 1, Ondine (1917 Ivers & Pond)
16. Le Tombeau De Couperin, M. 68: No. 6, Toccata (1917 Ivers & Pond)
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Acclaimed pianist Elaine Greenfield dazzles with originality, virtuosity and exuberant tone richness on her album Ravel Compared on Navona Records. The French composer's works are brilliantly analyzed and brought to novel clarity with Greenfield's ingenious idea of recording the same repertoire twice, on two very different pianos - and juxtaposing them on this double album. The first disc presents Ravel's music on an 1893 Erard from Paris, the same make and model as the composer's personal piano, from which Greenfield coaxes a mellow, full-bodied tone with an almost liquid quality. This rendition is contrasted with a second on an American Ivers & Pond parlor concert grand from 1917, brightly highlighting Ravel's idiosyncratic harmonies with modern, almost contemporary exactitude. Put together, Ravel Compared palpably illustrates the depth of both Greenfield's skill as a performer as well as Ravel's aptitude as a composer - as lively and vivid as perhaps never before.
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