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Stravinsky, Ravel & Gershwin: Transcriptions & Original Piano Works: The Rite of Spring - La Valse - 3 Preludes - Rhapsody in Blue

Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua

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Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (arr. S. Raphling for piano)  
1
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Introduction -
Igor Stravinsky; Sam Raphling; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
3:02
2
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring - Dances of the Young Girls -
Igor Stravinsky; Sam Raphling; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
3:02
3
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction -
Igor Stravinsky; Sam Raphling; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
1:24
4
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds -
Igor Stravinsky; Sam Raphling; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
3:13
5
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the Rival Tribes - Procession of the Sage - The Sage -
Igor Stravinsky; Sam Raphling; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
2:52
6
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth
Igor Stravinsky; Sam Raphling; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
1:19
7
Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction -
Igor Stravinsky; Sam Raphling; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
4:09
8
Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls -
Igor Stravinsky; Sam Raphling; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
2:31
9
Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One -
Igor Stravinsky; Sam Raphling; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
1:34
10
Part II: The Sacrifice: Evocation of the Ancestors -
Igor Stravinsky; Sam Raphling; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
0:48
11
Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors -
Igor Stravinsky; Sam Raphling; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
3:32
12
Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance
Igor Stravinsky; Sam Raphling; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
4:31
13
La valse (version for piano solo)
Maurice Ravel; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
11:42
3 Preludes  
14
No. 1 in B-Flat Major: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
George Gershwin; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
1:37
15
No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor: Blue Lullaby: Andante con moto e poco rubato
George Gershwin; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
3:25
16
No. 3 in E-Flat Minor: Spanish Prelude: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
George Gershwin; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
1:10
Rhapsody in Blue (version for piano)  
17
Molto Moderato - Moderato assai - Poco agitato - Tempo giusto - Meno mosso e poco scherzando
George Gershwin; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
10:03
18
Andantino moderato
George Gershwin; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
2:27
19
Agitato e mesterioso
George Gershwin; Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
2:59
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    65:20
" ... interesting and well-played ... helped by a recording that is quite close but shows (Ferrand-N'Kaoua's) Steinway D piano as being in exceptionally good condition, rich and powerful across the whole range. The recording venue is nicely neutral without any undue resonance but providing the right amount of warmth."
- MusicWeb International

French pianist Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua presents Stravinsky’s groundbreaking The Rite of Spring in the formidable yet seldom performed solo piano transcription by 20th century American composer and pianist Sam Raphling. It is coupled on this album with Ravel’s own virtuosic transcription of La valse, Gershwin’s jazz-infused 3 Preludes and his own solo piano version of Rhapsody in Blue.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Grand Piano Studio Masters

Recording Dates: 8 December 2013 (14-19) and 22 December 2013 (1-13)
Recording Venue: Auditorium Marcel Landowski, Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris, France
Publishers: Lyra Music Company (1-12), Éditions Durand (13), Warner Bros (14-19) Producer: Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua
Engineer: Judith Carpentier-Dupont
Editor: Françoise Chopin
Piano: Steinway Model D
Piano Technician: Kazuto Osato
Booklet Notes: Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua
English translation by Susannah Howe
German translation by Hilla Maria Heintz
Artist photographs: Michel Haït
Cover Art: Alastair Taylor

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