Vlado Perlemuter had the privilege of studying all Ravel's solo piano music with the reclusive composer himself. The origins of this book lie in a series of programmes broadcast in 1950 by Radio Francaise in which Perlemuter played all Ravel's compositions for solo piano and discussed them with Helene Joudan-Morange - a distinguished violinist who had been one of Ravel's closest friends. This is a transcript of their conversations, with numerous musical examples. This edition also deals with the two piano concertos.
“The value of Ravel According to Ravel is obvious, but the comprehensive background notes which are woven into the conversational fabric give it a much wider appeal. Performers and listeners alike will find it a fascinating guide to the magical sound-world of Ravel's piano music. This book also pays tribute to another great musician - Vlado Perlemuter, who served for so many years, with distinction, the whole art of music. ”
“...essential reading for all pianists... Lionel Salter - Gramophone ”
“...fascinating companion to Ravel's piano music...yields fresh insights on each rereading. Roy Howat - The Musical Times ”