Saturday, November 18, 2006

Maurice Ravel: Jeux d'eau

For the weekend, a guilty pleasure.

Clip of Argentinian-born Martha Argerich playing Maurice Ravel's Jeux d'eau:

Discovery hereabouts of the piano compositions of Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) was a delightful accident. . . the telling of which is for another time.

Meantime, Ravel's piano works Menuet antique, Jeux d'eau, Miroirs, and Gaspard de la Nuit all have a wonderful, liquid shimmering sound, whilst his Le Tombeau de Couperin and Pavane pour une enfante défunte are, as their titles suggest, beautiful sad.

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