Steven Osborne, BBC SSO, Ludovic Morlot - Ravel: Piano Concertos; Falla Nights in the gardens of Spain (2017)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Front cover, d.booklet | 212 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 154 mb
Classical | Label: Hyperion Records - CDA68148
Martha Argerich’s Ravel G major was for so long a reference recording that it’s easy to forget how idiosyncratic it actually is. I wouldn’t actually blame anyone who found it too garish in its colouring, with its volatility giving diminishing returns and its rubato too predictably appassionato for a sensibility as dapper as Ravel’s. Such a person might well find exactly what they want in Steven Osborne’s account, which is masterful in its own way but essentially self-effacing.