Ravel que J'Aime
Although Ravel (1875-1937) was a pianist, and composed his keyboard pieces with a sure knowledge of the instrument and what it was capable of, he lacked the technique of the likes of, for instance, Chopin, Liszt or Rakhmaninov as an outright composer-pianist. Because of this, Ravel’s piano works were not written as vehicles to demonstrate pianistic virtuosity as a goal in itself, even if some of them - such as the suite Gaspard de la Nuit - present enormous challenges for the prospective performer.
“always technically adept and fluent” - Evening Standard
“a reading of insight and devoted understanding” - Birmingham Post
“Throughout she played with elegance, a sure technical command and the full involvement and fluidity of movement of arms and upper body - she brings a unique Personality - she elicited tones of exquisite beauty from the Steinway Model DPiano.” - Ellesworth American 2003
“Ogdon and Lucas make a fine musical Duo, with brilliant techniques and a sure unanimous grasp of rhythmic energy and sweeping eloquent phrasing. Warmly recommended Rachmaniov.” - Manchester Evening News 1989