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Re: Ravels Pavane [Re: stores] #1826991
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Originally Posted by stores
Are you referring to the Hewitt recording? If so, you need your ears checked as it's superb. Outside of critics giving the impression that they know more than they do (and a need to sound impressive whilst filling space) I've always wondered exactly what "annoying little mannerisms and affectations" are when people mention such a thing haha. Maybe you can clarify things for me.

I can see both sides of this. I greatly enjoyed the clarity and adherence to score of the Hewitt recording, but I found some of the rubato a bit stilted. Her use of dynamics was a revelation to me and I'm making a conscious effort to play the quiet spots quieter in my own practise of the piece. However, her tempo gets way too slow at :52 through 1:03 (bar 11). Ravel says, "en largessant" (broaden), but Hewitt seems to make a mile out of a couple of inches. Bar 18 gets similar treatment wher Ravel has "tres sustenu" (very sustained). Bars 24 - 27 are also significantly slower, the score doesn't indicate any change in tempo until the second half of bar 26. This type of approach goes through the piece (kudos for consistency).

For me the Hewitt recording has amazing clarity and dynamics, but her tempo shifts in a few spots seem a bit too much for my taste. I'm curious if this is an example of attempting to recapture the romantic style of piano performance. I recall reading that in the early half of the 20th century and before rubato was more pronounced. If so, I can't say I like it.

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Re: Ravels Pavane [Re: Steve Chandler] #1827038
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Steve, Angela Hewitt's conception of how the Pavane should move and sound is exactly how I hear it -- many thanks for sharing this! In her performance I get a sense of immense sadness and grief, but also an unwavering stoicism amidst the grief. This is projected by a quite slow but consistent tempo throughout, with exquisite voicing. Most appreciated!

Re: Ravels Pavane [Re: wr] #1827382
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Originally Posted by wr
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Originally Posted by Steve Chandler
I'm curious what others here think of this performance, especially compared to Ravel's.


It wasn't much to my taste - seemed full of annoying little mannerisms and affectations. The Ravel has a bad piano-roll-y sound to me - I have serious doubts that it is very representative of how he actually played the piece.


Are you referring to the Hewitt recording? If so, you need your ears checked as it's superb. Outside of critics giving the impression that they know more than they do (and a need to sound impressive whilst filling space) I've always wondered exactly what "annoying little mannerisms and affectations" are when people mention such a thing haha. Maybe you can clarify things for me.


Sorry, ain't gonna bite.



Nothing to bite, sir. I'm just asking for your definition of "mannerisms and affectations" and specifically how they apply to the recording.



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Re: Ravels Pavane [Re: tjkane] #1827389
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I listened to the Ravel You Tube. At least when Ravel is playing his own piece, Pavane, that he wrote himself, he knew what he wanted it to sound like.


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Re: Ravels Pavane [Re: daviel] #1827398
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Originally Posted by daviel
I listened to the Ravel You Tube. At least when Ravel is playing his own piece, Pavane, that he wrote himself, he knew what he wanted it to sound like.


It's a piano roll. Not the same as a real recording.

Re: Ravels Pavane [Re: Steve Chandler] #1827428
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Originally Posted by Steve Chandler
[...]However, her tempo gets way too slow at :52 through 1:03 (bar 11). Ravel says, "en largessant" (broaden), but Hewitt seems to make a mile out of a couple of inches. Bar 18 gets similar treatment wher Ravel has "tres sustenu" (very sustained). Bars 24 - 27 are also significantly slower, the score doesn't indicate any change in tempo until the second half of bar 26. This type of approach goes through the piece (kudos for consistency).
[...]


I quite like the Hewitt recording. In my copy of the score (Edward B. Marks Music, edited and fingered by Paolo Gallico), measure 10 is marked poco riten. followed by allargando in measure 11. Measure 18 is marked molto sostenuto, and at measure 26, I read meno mosso.

In any case, I'm not bothered at all by Hewitt's tempo changes; they seem to correspond to what I read in the score. The only thing I might question is the piano itself; it has a somewhat hard tone to it. I wonder if it's her preferred Fazioli.

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Re: Ravels Pavane [Re: tjkane] #2120868
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Does any of you has maybe the score with fingering? All I found in the pdf's are without smirk

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