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Mengjie Han

Albeniz, Ravel

SKU: COBRA0058

Year of release: 2017

Iberia 38:40
1. El Albaicin Albeniz 07:33
2. El Puerto Albeniz 04:31
3. Evocación Albeniz 06:18
4. Triana Albeniz 05:29
5. Almeria Albeniz 09:34
6. Malaga Albeniz 05:13
Le Tombeau de Couperin 24:51
7. Prelude Ravel 03:06
8. Fugue Ravel 03:27
9. Forlane Ravel 06:05
10. Rigaudon Ravel 03:13
11. Menuet Ravel 05:10
12. Toccata Ravel 03:49

About this album

A recording is a composition too. Not only does it contain compositions, but together they form a new entity. At least, that is the case with this new recording by the Dutch pianist and Liszt Competition prize winner Mengjie Han. He deliberately links Isaac Albéniz and Maurice Ravel. Strange bedfellows, those two? One of them epitomising all things Spanish, the other a Frenchman through and through. And rising between them, literally and metaphorically, the imposing peaks of the Pyrenees.

However, nothing is as it initially appears to be. Although of course Albéniz’s Iberia and Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin can only be played consecutively, Mengjie Han would have preferred them to be heard ‘simultaneously’, so as to demonstrate how interwoven their idioms are. After all, Ravel is a lot more Spanish than you might expect, and Albe?niz more French. Ravel incorporates Spanish rhythms, often with that typically Spanish ambiance that you could – somewhat paradoxically – describe as rough and sultry; Albe?niz on the other hand scaled the greatest heights only after discovering French impres- sionism. They cross the Pyrenees in opposite directions, as it were, breathe in the foreign influences and use them to enrich their work.

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Reviews

Opus Klassiek

"Mengjie Han raakt de sfeer van 'Iberia' bijna intuïtief, melancholie en uitbundigheid contrastrijk afgewisseld, zonovergoten en volbloedig, maar ook dichterlijk verbeeldend." — Aart van der Wal

NativeDSD Music Blog

This is a really amazing album. It is a remarkable showcasing of the music of Isaac Albeniz and Maurice Ravel and Mengjie Han's most unique way of coaxing the music out of the piano. Well done! — Bill Dodd

Basia con fuoco

Han is een zeer tot de verbeelding sprekende pianist, iets wat zonder meer door zijn kleurrijke, fantasievolle spel komt. Doordat hij het technisch volkomen beheerst kan hij zich op de verhalen achter de noten concentreren en ze – ogenschijnlijk moeiteloos – naar de luisteraar overbrengen. Zijn spel is zo uitermate boeiend dat ik er eindeloos naar zou kunnen luisteren. Iets, wat ik ook doe: de ‘reapeat-knop’ staat aan. — Basia Jaworski

Stretto

Warm aanbevolen. Het bijhorende boekje bevat bijzonder interessante en uitvoerige informatie van de Nederlandse componist en publicist Stephen Westra. — Michel Dutrieue

Piano News

Die geballte Kraft und Prägnanz seines auf Virtuosität ausgelegten Stils führt beim Iberia-Part 'El Puerto' zu einem wahren Feuerwerk der Eindrücke...Das feine Empfinden für den Klang und eine straffe Dramaturgie, verbunden mit technische Brillanz und einem oft fast kessen Blick für die Pointe zeichnen auch Ravels 'Le Tombeau' fazinierend aus. — Ernst Hoffmann

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Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit Rate64fs
Recording SoftwareMerging
Recording LocationWestvest90, Schiedam, The Netherlands
Recording EngineerTom Peeters
ProducerTom Peeters
MicrophonesBruel & Kyaer, Neumann
Mastering EngineerTom Peeters
Editing SoftwarePyramix
Digital ConvertersdCS
CablesMicrophone cables & Interlinks, Acoustic Revive