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Pavane - arrangements for the viola

Composer Claude Debussy
Richard Dubugnon
Gabriel Fauré
Maurice Ravel
Performer Maxim Rysanov
Ashley Wass
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1773 SACD
EAN 7318599917733
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Oct 2012
Total time 52'48

”A pleasure not to be missed.” International Record Review
”The viola’s distinctive voice is explored throughout its range, with consistently beautiful variations of intensity and tone colour.” Gramophone; ”Maxim Rysanov is one of our best violists, with a pure rich instrumental tone and great expressive ability.” MusicWeb International; ”Rysanov’s playing is never less than enchanting.” American Record Guide; “The playing is utterly sublime...” BBC Music Magazine

In his Treatise on Instrumentation, Hector Berlioz wrote of the viola that ‘the sound of its strings is particularly telling, its upper notes are distinguished by their mournfully passionate accent, and its quality of tone, of a profound melancholy, differs from that of other instruments played with a bow’.
In devising the present programme, Maxim Rysanov could almost have been inspired by this description, and by the affinity between the timbre of the viola and the particular colours in French music. The pieces – all arrangements – by Ravel, Fauré and Debussy are bathed in an atmosphere of calm beauty with a hint of melancholy. Framed by two Pavanes, they include perennial favourites such as Après un rêve and Clair de lune, performed by a player who ‘couldn’t make an ugly sound if he tried’ and who ‘better than almost anyone else is able to bring out the beauties of the viola’ according to reviews in International Record Review and on website respectively.
Two contemporary pieces are included – both of them by the Swiss-French composer Richard Dubugnon (b. 1968), described as belonging ‘to a tradition that looks back to Ravel by way of Dutilleux’. Incantatio and Lied, both for viola and piano, are adaptations by the composer of existing works, made especially for Maxim Rysanov.
For BIS Rysanov has also recorded Bach’s cello suites as well as his own arrangement for viola and orchestra of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. He is here partnered by the eminent British pianist Ashley Wass.
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  Maurice Ravel
  Pavane pour une Infante défunte
01 Pavane pour une infante défunte 5'15
  Gabriel Fauré
02 Après un rêve, Op.7 No.1 3'08
03 Élégie, Op.24, for cello and piano 6'55
  Richard Dubugnon
  Incantatio for viola and piano, Op.12b 14'51
04 1. Evocatio. Lento espressivo 6'15
05 2. Apparitio. Ectoplasmic – Cadenza 4'36
06 3. Saltatio. Prestissimo volando 4'00
  Gabriel Fauré
07 Romance, Op.69, for cello and piano 3'32
  Claude Debussy
08 Clair de lune 3'58
  Richard Dubugnon
09 Lied, Op.44b, for viola and piano 5'42
  Claude Debussy
10 La fille aux cheveux de lin 2'28
  Gabriel Fauré
11 Pavane, Op.50 5'14
  Album total 52'48
ComposerDebussy, Claude
Dubugnon, Richard
Fauré, Gabriel
Ravel, Maurice
ViolaRysanov, Maxim
PianoWass, Ashley
ArrangerBorisovsky, Vadim
Busser, Henri
Rysanov, Maxim

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