Eric Himy

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine
April, 2003

If you want Ravel's two big piano cycles, Miroirsand Gaspard de la Nuit, on one disc, I have no hesitation in recommending this.[…]

Himy is a wonderfully stylish pianist, and particularly good at filigree, melting sonorities and all those shadowy, spooky bits in Scarbo- just listen to his disappearing act at the end.

As for the Miroirs, I have never heard the five pieces done better. The echo effects in Oiseaux tristes are what you dream of, and the liquid quality of Une barque sur l'océan invites you to listen over and over again. Even the passages of the single-line melody in Alborada have an indescribably exotic atmosphere in Himy's subtle moulding. La vallée des cloches, again remarkable for the control of echo effects, is both haunting and sad.

Instead of Ravel's own transcription of La Valse, Himy offers his own - a dazzling piece of work which sounds impossible for two hands to manage. His do so without evident strain[…]

Adrian Jack

Performance Sound