NOCTUELLES – RAVEL: Miroirs / MEDTNER: Improvisation, No. 2, Op. 47 (includes première recordings)

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Released 22 Jan 2021

Michael Brown piano

NOCTUELLES

Maurice RAVEL (1872–1937)
Miroirs (1904–1905)
1. I. Noctuelles (Night Moths)
2. II. Oiseaux tristes (Sad Birds)
3. III. Une barque sur l’océan (A Boat on the Ocean)
4. IV. Alborada del gracioso (The Jester’s Aubade)
5. V. La Vallée des cloches (The Valley of the Bells)

Nikolai MEDTNER (1879–1951)
Second Improvisation (in variation form), Op. 47 (1925)
6. Theme: Song of the Water Nymph (Andante)
7. Variation 1: Meditation – (Poco con moto e al rigore di tempo)
8. Variation 2: Caprice (Capriccioso) –
9. Variation 3: Feathered Ones – (Allegro capriccioso – Allegro vivo e risoluto)
10. Variation 4: Charms – (Allegretto con moto)
11. Variation: La Cadenza (Largamente) (Poco quasi una cadenza) *
12. Variation 5: Humoresque (Allegretto ritmico) –
13. Variation 6: In the Stream (Lesto) –
14. Variation 7: The Tumult of the Crowd – (Poco a poco vivace – Vivace, risoluto – Vivo)
15. Variation 8: In the Forest – (Andante sognando – Andante)
16. Variation 9: The Wood-Goblin – (Allegro ritmico)
17. Variation 10: Elves – (Prestissimo)
18. Variation 11: Gnomes – (Allegro risoluto)
19. Variation: Pesante *
20. Variation 12: Incantation – (Andante maestoso)
21. Variation 13: The Threat – (Allegro tenebroso – Con moto instantamente – Tempo I)
22. Variation 14: Song of the Water Nymph – (Poco con moto e al rigore di tempo)
23. Variation 15: Bad Weather – (Tranquillo, ma poco a poco più mosso e crescendo – Sempre allegro agitato)
24. Conclusion (Andante – Maestoso) (Poco con moto e al rigore di tempo)

* Première recording of newly discovered variation

1CD digiFile

Recorded at the Olivier Music Barn, Tippet Rise Arts Centre, Fishtail, Montana, USA, 2–10 January 2019

Produced by Adam Golka and Roman Rabinovich
Engineered, edited and mastered by Monte Nickles assisted by Jim Ruberto 
DXD 24bit, 352.8kHz hi-resolution recording and mastering
Booklet notes by Michael Brown
Artwork by David Murphy (FHR)

Press Quotes

“Recorded in beautiful sound Brown has the measure of both these works with lovely pedalling throughout, and graded dynamics and colours in both works… Michael Brown has the measure of its many facets and the whole CD is a real feast for the ears… the results are wonderful” (RECOMMENDED Musicweb International)

“… his [Brown’s] technique is crystalline, dynamically fluid and deeply expressive”  (Classical Music Sentinel)

“An excellent album”  (Art Music Lounge)

“Shimmering, flowing, balletic Ravel, and incredible virtuosity with great sensitivity, detail and contrasts in evocative Medtner” (Classical Notes)

“Sacré pianiste qui nous précipite dans ce jeu à double miroir. Instrument et prise de son somptueux.” (Sacred pianist who precipitates us in this double mirror game. Sumptuous instrument and sound recording.)  (Artamag)