Ivan Moravec

Franck, Ravel & Debussy: Piano Works

Catalogue Number: SU 3584-2
Published: 29th October 2001
Genre: Chamber Music
Format: 1 CD
The Czech pianist Ivan Moravec (b. 1930) is in full creative swing still in his seventies; his performances worldwide have continued to amount to dozens each year. It can now be safely saidthat throughout the latter half of the past century his international renown had no peer in the Czech piano-playing community. He embarked on his career in the 1950s; notwithstanding the atmosphere of the time which imposed many painful constraints on artists in Eastern Europe, he gave convincing proofs of his formidable talent to audiences in Italy, Austria and Britain, and in 1962made his debut in the U.S.A. Since then he has regularly appeared in the majority of the world's most prestigious concert venues, and has made dozens of recordings many of which have received international awards. Ivan Moravec is the sole Czech pianist to have been included in the recently compiled large 100-volume Philips CD anthology of Great Pianists of the 20th Century.
To make the artist's portrait as representative as possible, we made sure it would encompass his greatest musical loves, ranging from Mozart through Ravel. Thus we were able to recapture Moravec's readings of classics spanning nearly one and a half century. To be sure, Moravec's repertoire is not borderless, nor are his renditions prodigiously spectacular; instead, everything he has ever playedhas unfailingly impressed his listeners by his art's immaculate sonic elaboration and unostentatious technical perfection.
This cross-section of Ivan Moravec's lifelong recording studio production is dominated by his American takes dating from the second half of the 1960s, never previously released in Europe. The representative series is available either in separate volumes, or on a reduced-price basis, as a boxed four-CD complete set.
César Franck
Prélude, Choral et Fugue for Piano
1. Prélude. Moderato 06:07
2. Choral. Poco piu lento 07:38
3. Fugue. Poco allegro 07:46
Maurice Ravel
Sonatine in F sharp minor for Piano
4. Modéré 04:11
5. Mouvement de menuet 03:36
6. Animé 03:46
Claude Debussy
Preludes for Piano - II.nd Book - selection
7. Feux d'Artifice. Modérement animé 04:42
Claude Debussy
Preludes for Piano - book - selection
8. La cathédrale engloutie. Profondément calme 06:26
9. Les collines d'Anacapri. Tres modéré 03:29
10. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir. Modéré 04:27
Claude Debussy
Preludes for Piano - II.nd Book - selection
11. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune. Lent 05:03
Claude Debussy
Pour le piano, suite
12. Prélude 03:55
13. Sarabande 05:32
14. Toccata 03:37