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Following a first solo recital (2008) and a successful Ravel-Prokofiev concerto recording (2010), this is the third recording of Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya for Naive.
The recording presents two of the heights of Ravel's piano repertoire, 'Gaspard de la Nuit' and 'Miroirs', performed many times in recital before this recording.
In both works, as well as in the mysterious 'Pavane pour une infant défunte', Anna Vinnitskaya displays the whole range of her skills: intense delicacy, amazing legato and control of dynamics, supple and a strong personal style.
Anna Vinnitskaya, aged 29, is developing an intense concert career in Germany, Belgium and the UK. She won First Prize at the Queen Elizabeth Competition in 2007 and an Echo Klassik award (Germany) in 2011 for her latest recording.
Maurice Ravel: Pavane pour une infante defunte (version for piano)
Pavane pour une infante defunte (version for piano)
Maurice Ravel: Miroirs
No. 1. Noctuelles
No. 2. Oiseaux tristes
No. 3. Une barque sur l'ocean
No. 4. Alborada del gracioso
No. 5. La vallee des cloches
Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
II. Le gibet
9th June 2012
“It is with a delicate, beautifully voiced account of the Pavane...that Vinnitskaya gently eases herself into this Ravel recital, indicating an affinity with the style that is immediately underlined by the glistening qualities and chararcterisation of the set of Miroirs...Vinnitskaya's taste, strength and feel for the music are never in doubt.”
“Vinnitskaya achieves an unforgettable shimmering play of light and shade (though with a powerful undertow when required). Her 'Ondine' from Gaspard is as scintillating and seductive as you could wish and her poise and focus in 'Le gibet' excel any other on record, wondrously alive to every harmonic and rhythmic twist...Beautifull recorded, this is Ravel-playing of a very special distinction.”
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