Piano Masterworks

Solist: Alessandra Ammara
Genre: Piano
Label: SACD
Booklet with lyrics/libretto: no
CDs / Unit: 1
Cat-Nr.: 47763-8
Total Time: 76:29
Recording Date: 28-30.11.2012
Technology: Hybrid: 5+1 surround and stereo high resolution (DSD technique) + stereo CD layer
Release Date: 07.05.2013


There is little doubt that Ravel made a decisive contribution to the piano repertory of the 20th century, introducing innovations in technique and style that would have a profound influence both on his contemporaries and on successive generations of composers. His relationship with the piano is also highly individual and never predictable, requiring great technical skill and a perfect control of the sonority.

With May's new release we present to you a few of these outstanding piano works, which the pianist Alessandra Ammara has recorded for our label. She has drawn the attention of the musical world after achieving brilliant results in some of the more important international piano competitions, such as the “A. Casagrande” in Terni and the “Esther Honens” in Calgary, Canada. She has performed all over Europe (Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Gasteig in Munich, Philharmonie in Berlin, Musikverein in Vienna, Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg), and in China, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, both as a soloist and with orchestra (Wiener Symphoniker, with Fabio Luisi, Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI, Calgary Philharmonic, CapeTown Philharmonic, Berliner Symphoniker). She has already produced numerous CDs with ARTS, which were all very well received.

Table of MP3 Tracks

No. Tracktitle Tracktime Price put into basket  
Disc 1
Sérénade Grotesque
03.33 2,00 €
Jeux d'Eau
06.03 2,00 €
Sonatine: I. Modéré
04.13 0,99 €
Sonatine: II. Mouvement de Menuet
03.15 0,99 €
Sonatine: III. Animé
04.15 0,99 €
Miroirs: I. Noctuelles
05.24 2,00 €
Miroirs: II. Oiseaux tristes
04.03 0,99 €
Miroirs: III. Une barque sur l'océan
09.08 2,00 €
Miroirs: IV. Alborada del gracioso
06.55 2,00 €
Miroirs: V. La vallée des cloches
05.28 2,00 €
Gaspard de la Nuit: I. Ondine
07.30 2,00 €
Gaspard de la Nuit: II. Le gibet
06.13 2,00 €
Gaspard de la Nuit: III. Scarbo
10.21 3,00 €


Audiophile Audition (20.01.2014)

There are of course many competitors in Ravel’s piano music to his new release, but few could offer the superb hi-res multichannel sonics of this one, as well as the excellent performances. The 96K/24-bit recording used a set of Shoeps Ambisonic mics as well as a B & K mic. The original recording was made in Italy in November of 2012. (John Sunier)

Read the complete review here.

Panorama.it (06.06.2013)

The sheer beauty of a work without time

(…) Among these Pillars of Hercules passes Alessandra Ammara, whose Gaspard is inside a brand new album dedicated to the masterpieces of Ravel. I know her from the Conservatory of Florence, mid-80s. A phenomenon, and it has remained. Great, great Alessandra. (Nazzareno Carusi)

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Seen and Heard International (13.05.2013)

The Noble Return of Alessandra Ammara

When seamless pianistic facility is combined with profound musical insight it is called Alessandra Ammara. This present occasion is to celebrate her return to the concert platform following maternity leave and to mark the release of her latest CD (the first in her complete recordings of Ravel’s piano music) (...). I hereby predict that her just launched CD audio recording (ARTS SUPERAUDIO CD 47763-8) will be hailed as a landmark in the history of records of these demanding pieces. (Jack Buckley)

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