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Naïve has already brought us Lise de la Salle, a remarkable pianist; now it adds Anna Vinnitskaya. This is Ravel of the highest order. Vinnitskaya’s Pavane pour une infant défunte is exquisitely shaded – and, perhaps surprisingly, it adds a shade of darkness, almost threat, to its mourning. This is a tremendously concentrated performance, intimate in the extreme, and Vinnitskaya’s burnished tone is superbly caught by the Naïve engineers. Cédric Segond-Genovesi’s excellent notes link Noctuelles from Miroirs to Scarbo and Le Gibet. In Vinnitskaya’s hands, Noctuelles is flighty, beautifully thought through and weighted. Her astonishing command of instrument and atmosphere runs throughout the disc, enabling Un barque sur l’océan to invoke the power of the sea, while Alborada del gracioso is completely charming. The technique in Gaspard is impeccable – a reading not quite up there with the greatest (Argerich, Pogorelich) in terms of atmosphere, but pretty close. The failing of the disc is Scarbo, unfortunately, which is quirky but not truly elemental.

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