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Mompou * Ravel * Brocal: Brocal Nature Morte

Magazine article Gramophone

Mompou * Ravel * Brocal: Brocal Nature Morte

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Mompou * Ravel * Brocal [G]

Brocal Nature morte Mompou Charmes.

Paisajes Ravel Miroirs. Sonatine

Julien Brocal pf

Rubicon (F) RCD1008 (71' * DDD)

Julien Brocal, a young French composer and pianist born in Aries, has studied with Erick Berchot and Rena Shereshevskaya at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot. Since 2013 he has worked closely with Maria Joao Pires and I fancy her beneficent influence is evident. Last year Brocal made his recording debut in works of Chopin with Rubicon, a company also making its debut (4/17). His new Rubicon CD pairs two composers with Basque connections, Mompou and Ravel.

Brocal is a musician of distinction whose imaginative, intelligent and cultivated piano-playing is at once seductive and authoritative. In fact, the perfection and maturity of his Ravel is little short of astonishing. Brocal's sensitivity to the composer's subtlest indications on the page allows his performances to take flight in a corona of shifting colours and moods. Miroirs unfolds in a seemingly inevitable trajectory. From the delicate fluttering of 'Noctuelles' through the distant resonances of 'La vallee des cloches', it as though we stroll leisurely through a gallery of master paintings. …

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