ERIC HIMY PLAYS RAVEL
In this first recording for Ivory Classics, Juilliard trained pianist, Eric Himy performs an all solo Ravel recital. A medal winner in many piano competitions, Mr. Himy has performed critically acclaimed recitals and with Symphony Orchestras throughout five continents. He has been hailed as, "one of the finest pianistic talents of our time."
Many critics around the globe have praised his interpretations of such Spanish and French masters as Albeniz, Falla, Debussy and Poulenc. He is particularly well-known for his elegant and dramatic interpretations of the French composer, Maurice Ravel, having performed numerous all Ravel concerts throughout France and at the French Embassy in Washington D.C. The Washington post has said, "Himy has an awesome technique and musicianship." The performance of Scarbo on this disc is virtually demonic. Not to be missed.
TUROK,S CHOICE – Issue no.140
IVORY CLASSICS - HIMY PLAYS RAVEL
Pianist Eric Himy's name is hardly a household word among music lovers, but if he plays other composers as well as he plays Ravel, it deserves to be.
His disc includes Miroirs, Gaspard de la Nuit, his own super effective version of La Valse, based on Ravel's own piano version, and several shorter pieces (72009). His playing is distinguished by extreme technical fluency, clean voicings even in the most efferverscent moment, exciting rhythmic crimping, and in La Valse and Gaspard (especially the final movement Scarbo) a truly grand sweep.
Himy takes no passage for granted; without exaggeration or preciousness, he does something with each phrase that brilliantly sets up the next one. Another disc completing the Ravel traversal would be a boon to collectors. As it is, despite the probability of a complete set in your collection, this disc is worth owning as an eye-opening supplement.