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O’Byrnes Ravel-Einspielung bietet dem Hörer einen Genuss tonmalerisch-impressionistischer Darstellungen; etwa die ruhige Verträumtheit von La Vallée des cloches – diese Symphonie von Glocken macht sich die gesamte Bandbreite des Pianos zu eigen und birgt ein großartiges Klangthema. Geradezu fesselnd die pianistische Virtuosität auf höchstem technischen Niveau wie in der Alborada del gracioso aus den "Miroirs" und Ondine oder Scarbo aus dem "Gaspard de la nuit".
"I can't think of any composer for the piano whose music demands the highest resolution in reproduction more than Ravel's. Debussy often achieves his unusual impressionistic effects with a sort of wash of notes, whereas Ravel is always the Swiss watchmaker with his notes, placing them very specifically and accurately.
In Stockfish's super-clean reproduction with this magnificent piano every tiny detail stands out as it should and the overall result is often breath-taking. Just as a quick comparison I put on some recordings of the same works by Walter Gieseking and Richter. No comparison - listening to the old Gieseking recordings was like trying to read thru smudged and blurry reading glasses. The notes ran together and the highest treble notes rang and were distorted. Richter was better and in stereo but still dull next to the SACD. Both performances on CD probably have more artistic phrasing, but what good are the subtle details when the sound is so poor it becomes distracting?"
John Sunier, in: http://www.audaud.com/article.php?ArticleID=3502