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STRAVINSKY • RAVEL • GERSHWIN

TRANSCRIPTIONS AND ORIGINAL PIANO WORKS

STRAVINSKY, Igor: THE RITE OF SPRING • RAVEL, Maurice: LA VALSE • GERSHWIN, George: 3 PRELUDES • RHAPSODY IN BLUE


  • Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua, piano

Stravinsky’s groundbreaking Rite of Spring is heard on this recording in the formidable yet seldom performed solo piano transcription by the 20th-century American composer and pianist Sam Raphling. It is coupled 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.

 

Distribution note: Only available in the United States

Tracklist

Stravinsky, Igor
 
Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (arr. S. Raphling for piano) (1913) (00:31:00 )
1
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Introduction - (00:03:02)
2
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring - Dances of the Young Girls - (00:03:02)
3
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction - (00:01:24)
4
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds - (00:03:13)
5
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the Rival Tribes - Procession of the Sage - The Sage - (00:02:52)
6
Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth (00:01:19)
7
Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction - (00:04:09)
8
Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls - (00:02:31)
9
Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One - (00:01:34)
10
Part II: The Sacrifice: Evocation of the Ancestors - (00:00:48)
11
Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors - (00:03:32)
12
Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance (00:04:31)
Ravel, Maurice
13
La valse (version for piano solo) (1920) (00:11:42)
Gershwin, George
 
3 Preludes (1926) (00:06:00 )
14
No. 1 in B-Flat Major: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso (00:01:37)
15
No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor: Blue Lullaby: Andante con moto e poco rubato (00:03:25)
16
No. 3 in E-Flat Minor: Spanish Prelude: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso (00:01:10)
 
Rhapsody in Blue (version for piano) (1924) (00:14:59 )
17
Molto Moderato - Moderato assai - Poco agitato - Tempo giusto - Meno mosso e poco scherzando (00:10:03)
18
Andantino moderato (00:02:27)
19
Agitato e mesterioso (00:02:59)
Total Time: 01:05:20

The Artist

Ferrand-N’Kaoua, Eric

French pianist Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua was born near Paris in 1963. He studied with Madeleine de Valmalète from an early age and soon entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur, where he obtained first prize with distinction in piano when aged only fourteen, soon followed by a first prize in chamber music.

EFN’K has premièred works by Thierry Lancino, Philippe Racine and Christopher Culpo. His eclectic repertoire and his interest in jazz allow him to blend Bach’s Goldberg Variations, or Liszt’s transcription of the Symphonie fantastique with jazz-inspired pieces in the same recital.

Reviews

“EFN’K has a formidable technique and an ability to bring clarity to the most complex of textures.” – MusicWeb International