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La vallée des cloches

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For this 2013 release on ECM New Series, Momo Kodama has selected three works that demonstrate the piano's potential for atmosphere and scene painting, qualities dear to French and Japanese composers. Maurice Ravel's Miroirs, Toru Takemitsu's Rain-Tree Sketch, and Olivier Messiaen's La fauvette des jardins are evocative compositions that summon up extramusical images and natural sounds, depicted somewhat impressionistically through the crystalline timbres available on the piano. By titling the album after Ravel's La vallée des cloches, the fifth piece in Miroirs, a subtle connection seems to be drawn through the bell-like chords that are found in all three works. Though these pieces' styles are quite different, they share the piano's ringing sonorities as important coloristic devices. Kodama is a sensitive performer with a profound sense for nuances and shading, so it is natural for her to be drawn to these composers, whose music is well-suited to her refined artistry. In a more extroverted pianist's hands this program wouldn't be nearly as effective as it is, yet Kodama's introspective approach makes it hold together admirably.
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Miroirs, M.43 (Maurice Ravel)

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1. Noctuelles
00:05:15

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Momo Kodama, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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2. Oiseaux tristes
00:03:56

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Momo Kodama, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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3. Une barque sur l'océan
00:07:31

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Momo Kodama, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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4. Alborada del gracioso
00:06:59

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Momo Kodama, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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5. La vallée des cloches
00:05:24

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Momo Kodama, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch
00:04:08

Toru Takemitsu, ComposerLyricist - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Momo Kodama, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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Messiaen: La fauvette des jardins
00:32:23

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Momo Kodama, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

For this 2013 release on ECM New Series, Momo Kodama has selected three works that demonstrate the piano's potential for atmosphere and scene painting, qualities dear to French and Japanese composers. Maurice Ravel's Miroirs, Toru Takemitsu's Rain-Tree Sketch, and Olivier Messiaen's La fauvette des jardins are evocative compositions that summon up extramusical images and natural sounds, depicted somewhat impressionistically through the crystalline timbres available on the piano. By titling the album after Ravel's La vallée des cloches, the fifth piece in Miroirs, a subtle connection seems to be drawn through the bell-like chords that are found in all three works. Though these pieces' styles are quite different, they share the piano's ringing sonorities as important coloristic devices. Kodama is a sensitive performer with a profound sense for nuances and shading, so it is natural for her to be drawn to these composers, whose music is well-suited to her refined artistry. In a more extroverted pianist's hands this program wouldn't be nearly as effective as it is, yet Kodama's introspective approach makes it hold together admirably.
© TiVo

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