Bertrand Chamayou plays Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte
Ravel was born on this day in 1875. The composer has long been one of my favourites, his early Pavane pour une infante défunte being a particularly beloved work. I have been very impressed by French pianist Bertrand Chamayou's superb traversal of Ravel's piano music (on Warner) - I was alerted to this recording by French pianism expert Charles Timbrell and agree fully that Chamayou captures Ravel's idiom perfectly, and this filmed performance of the Pavane is a fine example. His tempo is spacious enough to create an appropriately mournful mood without being too languid, his rubato is subtle, his touch wonderfully burnished, his textures transparent: clear, direct, unfussy, and truly beautiful.