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Transcriptions and Original Piano Works

  • 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.

This recording was made on a modern instrument: Steinway, Model D

Distribution note: Only available in the United States


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

The Artist(s)

Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua

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.

The Composer(s)

In a period in which American nationalist music was developing with composers of the calibre of Aaron Copland and others trained in Europe, George Gershwin, the son of Russian Jewish immigrant parents, went some way towards bridging the wide gap between Tin Pan Alley and serious music. He won success as a composer of light music, songs and musicals, but in a relatively small number of compositions he made forays into a new form of classical repertoire.
French, of paternal Swiss and maternal Basque descent, Ravel combined skill in orchestration with meticulous technical command of harmonic resources, writing in an attractive musical idiom that was entirely his own in spite of contemporary comparisons with Debussy, a composer his senior by some 20 years.
Igor Stravinsky The son of a distinguished Russian singer, Stravinsky spent his earlier years in Russia, either in St Petersburg or, in the summer, at the country estates of his relatives. He studied music briefly with Rimsky-Korsakov but made a name for himself first in Paris with commissions from the impresario Diaghilev, for whom he wrote a series of ballet scores. He spent the years after the Russian Revolution of 1917 in Western Europe and in 1939 moved to the United States of America. There in the post-war years he turned from a style of eclectic neoclassicism to composing in the twelve-note technique propounded by Schoenberg. A versatile composer, inventive in changing styles, he may be seen as the musical counterpart of the painter Picasso.


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