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Ravel - Ma Mère l'Oye, complete (4 hands)

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  1. François Micol

    François Micol New Member

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    Hello everyone! Here's a little something which I've been meaning to submit for some time. Ravel's one of my favourite composers, and I've always found this little four-hand suite to be quite delightful and interesting despite its apparent simplicity.

    This was recorded live at a concert in a music library on June 15th, 2007. Livia Naas, a former fellow student at the conservatory and, incidentally, one of my closest friends, played the top part and I played the bottom. If the recordings go up on the site, she'd like her name mentioned. :)

    Ravel - Ma Mere l'Oye, I. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
    Ravel - Ma Mere l'Oye, II. Le petit poucet
    Ravel - Ma Mere l'Oye, III. Laideronnette, impiratrice des Pagodes
    Ravel - Ma Mere l'Oye, IV. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bete
    Ravel - Ma Mere l'Oye, V. Le jardin fierique
     
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    A great pleasure to hear to your records. I think, it´s very well and expressively played. Great job! I like the french impressionists and especially Ravel and Debussy. I like also to play fourhands and know, how difficult it is sometimes, to play exactly together. So, although I haven´t the score of this wonderful piece, I think, you played well together.
    Thank you very much for sharing!
     
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    This is very good indeed and I have put up the complete set on the site along with your and Livia's name.

    It is a colorful recording, painting the portrait of the music. Ravel dedicated this work for four hands to the Godebski children, Mimi and Jean, ages 6 and 7 and I think the childish naturalnesses is the beauty of it and you two make it much justice. You seem to have played a lot together as I can hear very little problem with synchronization.

    I am not sure Ravel would be pleased by being referred to as an impressionist. At least that is what I have read but whether he like or not, he is for sure in that area.
     
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    Robert wrote:
    Certainly you are right with Ravels subjective sensation concerning the categorisation of "impressionist", but officially he is categorized like this, together with Debussy.
     
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    Officially? But who decides such things? Debussy himself said something about "the imbeciles who say my music is impressionistic"!

    Granted, he was a bit of a blunt man, and composer's opinions on their own works shouldn't always be taken as definitive truth; but still, I wouldn't force a label upon a dead composer against their wish. If we absolutely have to label Debussy, though, I'd say he's more of a symbolist. Debussy's music and Ravel's music are very different from one another- Ravel is definitely much closer to impressionism or post-impressionism, but I don't know if he expressed any opinion on those labels during his lifetime. ;)

    Well, um. :roll:

    For the whole one week we had to learn and rehearse the pieces, yes, we certainly did! :D


    Thanks for the replies and thanks for putting these up on the site, Robert.
     

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