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Chamayou’s “Complete” Ravel

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Jeremy Lee writes

First, some housekeeping.  This release is billed as Ravel’s Complete Works for Solo Piano, but what it actually contains is not an exhaustive shopping-list of absolutely all the music that Ravel wrote for solo piano (there are some early variations and fugues not included, for example).  Rather,  Continue reading

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Featured Musician: A Maazel Celebration

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The discs under consideration here.

Jeremy Lee writes

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Great Kondrashin on Melo Classic

Jeremy Lee writes

Melo Classic, a very new label (established in 2013) specialising in issuing historical radio recordings and performances for the first time on disc, seems set out to be one of the most exciting happenings on the recent classical music scene.  All of its 80 releases so far are recordings enjoying their first CD release, thereby Continue reading


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Late Giulini and the Concertgebouw in Debussy and Ravel

Jeremy Lee writes

Compared to the Austro-Germanic classics, Giulini’s did not record nearly as much French music, and yet he evidently felt quite sympathetic to the colorful French style, as shown by the fact that he has recorded most of the works featured on this disc more than once.  As with all remakes, Continue reading


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Sinopoli’s Splendid Mussorgsky and Ravel

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Jeremy Lee writes

Originals is dead; long live Originals.  Not that it’s been officially discontinued, but it might as well be, because the latest release — Karajan’s Bruckner 8 — was released September last year, and there has been no word of a future Original disc ever since.  Pity.

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Samson François: the greatest Ravelist you’ve never heard of

Jeremy Lee writes

Samson François as a name never reached the “legendary” status of great pianists of his time such as Richter or Gulda, but as a musician he was sensational, and many of his recordings, such as the complete works of Chopin, uphold that praise–in fact if he didn’t die at such a young age, he quite possibly would have achieved Continue reading