HIMY PLAYS RAVEL
Imagine my delight to receive this sensational disc. Eric Himy and I performed together when he was a student and I was conductor of a community orchestra in Washington, DC. The piece was the Liszt Totentanz, the focal point of a concert of Halloween music. Except for an unruly inner-city audience, it was a thrilling experience and I made note to myself that Himy would go far. But I had not heard anything for years.
Then came this disc, possibly the most scintillating and sensuous Ravel recital I have ever heard. There is an uncanny balance between red-hot virtuosity and lyricism, with a touch of icy aloofness when needed. All aspects of Himy's playing are well served by clear recording. If you think piano recitals are not your cup of tea, try this one. It might well change your mind.