Maurice Ravel: À Moune [Hybrid SACD]

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This is a 'concept-album' around Maurice Ravel and his special relation with Helene Jourdan Mourhange, a dear friend and violinist. The programme is set-up in order to take the listener by the hand into Ravel's musical world through a series of pieces which are gradually more deep and complex. The music is played on a 1935 Hautrive piano, while violin and cello are played on gut strings. The Tzigane is in the rarest version for Lutheal (Pleyel, 1910), a period prepared piano with a gipsy character.

Helene Jourdan Mourhange met Ravel for the first time after a concert in which she performed his Trio. She was an interesting, intelligent woman, well versed in the arts and culture of her time, and was a talented violinist who, however, had to stop playing years later due to rheumatoid arthritis. She then dedicated herself to musicology, reviews and other artistic activities. Not only that she was, like me, a violin player, but also shared that same disease, which I suffered in my youth. This has made me feel even closer to Ravel, and to feel a desire to make a tribute to Helene by recording all the pieces written for her and thanks to her.

The close friendship between the two lasted throughout the life of the composer and he often asked her for advice while composing his violin works. In their inexhaustible friendship he affectionately called her "Moune". Together with Marechal, she premiered "Sonata for violin and cello" (1921) dedicated to Claude Debussy, one of Ravel's bravest compositions. He also dedicated his Violin Sonata (1923-27) to her, a work to which he devoted much energy and time, and in which he tried to combine two instruments that he actually considered incompatible. The first poetic movement is very similar to the first movements of the Duo and the Piano Trio, but the rest seems to have been more complicated for him, taking years to finish. Finally, he wrote a blues as a second movement, and a Perpetuum Mobile heavily influenced by the modern music they used to listen to on their long nights together in Paris. He also composed for Helene the marvellous "Berceuse sur le nome de Gabriel Faure" (1922), using the letters of his teacher's name turned into notes to build the simple and magical melody that she could still play. Although Ravel asked Helene to bring him the violin and the 24 Paganini Capriccios as inspiration for the composition of the Tzigane (1924), and was helped by her again, this time the piece was dedicated to the Hungarian violinist. He wanted to make a virtuoso piece inspired on Paganini and Liszt, and probably Helene, due to her illness, was no longer able to perform. He made three versions of the Tzigane, for the virtuoso violin accompanied by the piano, an orchestral version, and also the most unique, accompanied by the Lutheal, a prepared piano with registers of a harpsichord and the cymbal-like sound, with its wonderful gypsy and rhapsodic character.

This tribute arrives for me in a moment in which every work I perform is combined with a deep study of the performance of those times. This is why we chose to record on gut strings (as they did then), bows from that moment and a historical piano, as well as the less known version of the Tzigane with the Lutheal. The blending of gut strings between violin and cello, as well as with the old piano and the Lutheal is unique and helps to understand many of the aspects of performance in many old recordings.

"The Spanish violinist Lina Tur Bonet and the Swiss pianist Pierre Goy deliver imaginative, vital and sometimes very virtuosic interpretations of the Berceuse and the Sonata." - Pizzicato

"A wonderful experience."

BBC Music Magazine 4 out of 5 stars (Performance) / 5 out of 5 stars (Recording)
From Lina Tur Bonet’s sweetly elegant tone in the Berceuse sur le nom de Fauré you wouldn’t expect also to be startled by the jazz in the central movement of the Violin Sonata, or blown away by the Hungarian wildness in Tzigane.

Gramophone Magazine
Tur Bonet and Goy give us a rare opportunity to hear Ravel’s alternative version for luthéal, a precursor of the modern prepared piano that uses an attachment that can make the instrument alternately sound like a harpsichord or cimbalom: the textures and sonorities that result are indeed striking.

Lina Tur Bonet: violin
Pierre Goy: piano, lutheal piano
Marco Testori: cello

01. Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré 02:45
02. Sonate pour violon et piano: I. Allegretto 07:57
03. Sonate pour violon et piano: II. Blues. Moderato 05:40
04. Sonate pour violon et piano: III. Perpetuum mobile. Allegro 03:58
05. Tzigane, Rhapsodie de concert pour Violon et Piano Luthéal 11:10
06. Sonata en quatre parties pour violon et violoncelle: Allegro 05:00
07. Sonata en quatre parties pour violon et violoncelle: Très vif 03:24
08. Sonata en quatre parties pour violon et violoncelle: Lent 05:32
09. Sonata en quatre parties pour violon et violoncelle: Vif, avec entrain 05:36

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Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
Maurice Ravel: À Moune [Hybrid SACD]
Maurice Ravel: À Moune [Hybrid SACD]
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