Fine song singing is hard to beat, and Nevens proves himself among the best.
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A cross-section of works from this composer/conductor, who in his earlier works was influenced by Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky.
DEBUSSY plays DEBUSSY; RAVEL plays RAVEL = DEBUSSY: Children’s Corner; Wind on the Plain; Minstrels; La soiree dans Grenade; Le Plus que Lente; D’un cahier d’esquisses; RAVEL: Sonatine; Noble and Sentimental Waltzes – Claude Debussy, p./ Maurice Ravel, p. – Melodiya
Connoisseurs of “authenticity” cannot be without this restoration of piano rolls by Debussy and Ravel, each performing his own music with diligence, taste, and artful pianism.
Walter Gieseking, Volume 3 = SCHUMANN: Carnaval; Kinderszenen; Schlummerlied; Vogel als Prophet from Waldszenen; CHOPIN: Barcarolle in F-sharp Major; SCRIABIN: Poeme in F-sharp Major, Prelude, BRAHMS: Two Rhapsodies – Historical-Recordings
Important Gieseking treasures find effective resurrection in these transfers, some made just prior to the great pianist’s death in 1956.