Ravel: Complete Works for Solo Piano Vol. 1
Vincent Larderet, piano
1st March 2024
£12.99 (1CD | 16 page booklet)
French pianist Vincent Larderet inaugurates a definitive, four-volume series of the composer’s complete works for solo piano, signifying Vincent’s fulfilment of a decades-long devotion his compatriot. This first-ever Urtext compilation of Ravel’s complete works for solo piano is a landmark collection that embraces numerous world-premiere renditions. Many works, whilst familiar, are prepared and recorded from personal scores that were annotated by pianist and pedagogue Vlado Perlemuter during his private study and close collaboration with the composer between 1927 and 1929. These scores reveal invaluable insights to interpretation of such aspects as tempi, pedalling, phrasing and tonal colours. Through his tutelage under Perlemuter’s student Carlos Cebro, Vincent Larderet is a direct inheritor of Ravel’s ethos and interpretive style.
Volume 1 of Vincent’s Ravel survey includes original solo piano versions of the popular Valses nobles et sentimentales and Pavane pour une infante défunte, alongside the five-movement suite Miroirs and Sonatine.
An Introduction: by Vincent Larderet:
“This undertaking of a new complete edition of Ravel’s works for piano in 4 volumes marks the fulfilment of a long process devoted to this composer across my career. After issuing the world-premiere recording of the Suite from Daphnis et Chloé in 2014, it struck me that the tradition of recording Ravel’s piano works on only 2 CDs is a misrepresentation – omitting, as it does, a number of rare or unpublished pieces – and is in need of a rethink in favour of a comprehensive approach. This is particularly to do with the fact that it is the transcriptions that are most commonly passed over, even though they were created by Ravel himself or by some of his collaborators with his approval. What’s more, very often Ravel conceived the same work in a version for piano and another for orchestra. In this first volume alone, two of the pieces from Miroirs (Une barque sur l’océan and Alborada del gracioso), the Valses nobles et sentimentales as well as the Pavane pour une infante défunte were originally composed for piano and later orchestrated by Ravel, showing the validity that transcription can provide, helping to shed new light on his multi-faceted music.
In addition, I’ve been privileged to study the personal scores of Vlado Perlemuter which he annotated following his collaboration with Ravel between 1927 and 1929. These scores have been an infinitely precious resource for me, revealing all sorts of secrets of interpretation: his markings are very detailed and pertain to musical expression as well as to aspects such as tempi, pedalling, phrasing and tonal colours. They highlight the sophistication of the Ravelian style and the aesthetic purity demanded by the composer in which any form of affectation was taboo. They are deserving of being considered authentic Urtexts, and the copious errors perpetrated in published editions have also been corrected.”
Prepared and recorded from the personal scores of Vlado Perlemuter annotated during his collaboration with the composer.
1. I. Noctuelles
2. II. Oiseaux tristes
3. III. Une Barque sur l’océan
4. IV. Alborada del gracioso
5. V. La vallée des cloches
6. Jeux d’eau, M.30
Valses nobles et sentimentales, M.61
7. I. Modéré, très franc
8. II. Assez lent, avec une expression intense
9. III. Modéré
10. IV. Assez animé
11. V. Presque lent, dans un sentiment intime
12. VI. Vif
13. VII. Moins vif
14. VIII. Épilogue. Lent
15. I. Modéré
16. II. Mouvement de menuet
17. III. Animé
18. Pavane pour une Infante défunte, M.19
Vincent Larderet, piano
Recorded: 25–27 April 2023, Alter Sendesaal, Bremen • Recording Producer: Martin Rust
Grand Piano: Steinway & Sons D 597020 • Piano Technician: Moritz Helmich
ADM accreditation: Martin Rust Musikproduktion