Ravel, Debussy & Bizet: Orchestral Works Andrew von Oeyen, Prague Philharmonia & Emmanuel Villaume
Label: Warner Classics
Composer: Georges Bizet (1838-1875), Claude Achille Debussy (1862-1918), Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
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- Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937): Ma mère l'Oye Suite, M. 60:
- 1Ravel: Ma mère l'Oye Suite, M. 60: I. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant01:41
- 2Ravel: Ma mère l'Oye Suite, M. 60: II. Petit Poucet03:37
- 3Ravel: Ma mère l'Oye Suite, M. 60: III. Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes03:23
- 4Ravel: Ma mère l'Oye Suite, M. 60: IV. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête04:02
- 5Ravel: Ma mère l'Oye Suite, M. 60: V. Le jardin féerique03:54
- Claude Debussy (1862 - 1928): Fantaisie, L. 73:
- 6Debussy: Fantaisie, L. 73: I. Andante, ma non troppo07:31
- 7Debussy: Fantaisie, L. 73: II. Lento e molto espressivo07:32
- 8Debussy: Fantaisie, L. 73: III. Allegro molto06:39
- Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875): Symphony in C Major:
- 9Bizet: Symphony in C Major: I. Allegro vivo09:51
- 10Bizet: Symphony in C Major: II. Andante - Adagio09:57
- 11Bizet: Symphony in C Major: III. Allegro vivace05:00
- 12Bizet: Symphony in C Major: IV. Finale (Allegro vivace)08:52
Info for Ravel, Debussy & Bizet: Orchestral Works
A French orchestral programme par excellence, marking 100 years since the death of Claude Debussy. The relative absence of the Fantaisie for piano and orchestra from concert halls today is something of a mystery; all the colour, inventiveness, fluidity and pianistic and orchestral verve that characterise Debussy’s music can be heard here, with a central movement which is one of his most expressive pieces of writing. Bizet’s Symphony in C reveals all the clarity, directness, passion and sophistication that would later be associated with the composer of Carmen, while the richly imaginative orchestral textures of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite plunge listeners into a realm of fairy-tale fantasy. This recording owes much to the virtuosity, enthusiasm and energy of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia and its conductor Emmanuel Villaume, and to the intelligence and poetic sensibilities of pianist Andrew von Oeyen.
Andrew Von Oeyen, piano
Emmanuel Villaume, conductor
Andrew Von Oeyen
Hailed worldwide for his elegant and insightful interpretations, balanced artistry and brilliant technique, ANDREW VON OEYEN has established himself as one of the most captivating pianists of his generation.
Since his debut at age 16 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mr. von Oeyen has excelled in a broad spectrum of concerto repertoire — Bartok, Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Fauré, Liszt, Gershwin, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Schumann, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky — with such ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Grant Park Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Utah Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Marseille, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic and Slovak Philharmonic. As both soloist and conductor he has led concerti and orchestral works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel and Kurt Weill. On July 4, 2009, von Oeyen performed at the U.S. Capitol with the National Symphony in “A Capitol Fourth,” reaching millions worldwide in the multi-award winning PBS live telecast.
Mr. von Oeyen has appeared in recital at Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall in London, Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Boston’s Symphony Hall, Zürich’s Tonhalle, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, St. Petersburg’s Philharmonia, Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Sala São Paulo, Teatro Olimpico in Rome, in Mexico City, Hanoi, Macau, and in every major concert hall of Japan and South Korea. Festival appearances include Aspen, Ravinia, Grant Park, Mainly Mozart, Saratoga, Spoleto, and the Mariinsky’s “Stars of the White Nights” in St. Petersburg.
Mr. von Oeyen’s 2018/2019 engagements include, among others, appearances with the San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony, PKF-Prague Philharmonia, Bilbao Symphony, Biel Solothurn Symphony, Northern Czech Philharmonic and recitals throughout the US and Europe. He also releases his second album for Warner Classics, which includes Debussy’s Fantaisie pour Piano et Orchestre in August 2018.
Mr. von Oeyen’s 2017/2018 engagements included his Vienna debut in the Wiener Konzerthaus performing Leonard Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety, appearances with The Mariinsky Orchestra, The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Memphis Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, Sacramento Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and recitals throughout Europe and the US. He also returned to the Royal Opera House, Muscat, for the Sultanate of Oman’s New Year’s Eve Gala.
In June 2016 Mr. von Oeyen signed with Warner Classics. His debut album under that label, including works for piano and orchestra by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Gershwin, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim. In 2013 Mr. von Oeyen released an album of Debussy and Stravinsky piano works under the Delos Label (including two pieces written for him by composer, David Newman), following his 2011 award-winning album of Liszt works under the same label. 2013 also saw the release of the Chopin-Debussy-Ravel digital album “Andrew von Oeyen: Live in Recital.”
Mr. von Oeyen, of German and Dutch origin, was born in the U.S. He began his piano studies at age 5 and made his solo orchestral debut at age 10. An alumnus of Columbia University and graduate of The Juilliard School, where his principal teachers were Herbert Stessin and Jerome Lowenthal, he has also worked with Alfred Brendel and Leon Fleisher. He won the prestigious Gilmore Young Artist Award in 1999 and also took First Prize in the Leni Fe Bland Foundation National Piano Competition in 2001. Mr. von Oeyen lives in Paris and Los Angeles.