September 18, 2023

About the Author: Celine Gaurier-Joubert

Founder of The London Piano Institute, Celine Gaurier-Joubert is a concert pianist and one of the world’s leading experts on piano education for adults.

In a Nutshell:

  • Mesmerising piano suite by Maurice Ravel, performed by Samson François.
  • Enchanting nymphs, eerie gibbets, and mischievous goblins.
  • Virtuosity and poetry.
  • Intricate score brought to life with passion and precision.
  • Essential listening for any classical music fan.
  • Captivating and unforgettable musical experience.

About the Piece:

“Gaspard de la Nuit” by Ravel, as interpreted by Samson François, is a captivating piano suite composed in 1908. François’ performance showcases the suite’s intricate storytelling and Ravel’s poetic musical language. It comprises three movements, each inspired by Aloysius Bertrand’s poems:

  1. Ondine:

    François skillfully captures the enchanting allure of the water nymph Undine in this dreamy movement. He navigates the delicate piano passages with finesse, painting a vivid aquatic landscape.

  2. Le Gibet:

    François’ interpretation masterfully conveys the eerie and desolate scene of a hanged man against the horizon. The haunting tolling bell, represented by a B♭ octave ostinato, adds to the unsettling atmosphere.

  3. Scarbo:

    François tackles the technical challenges of “Scarbo” with exceptional virtuosity. He brings to life the mischievous goblin’s nocturnal antics, creating a thrilling and unpredictable musical narrative.

Samson François’ rendition of “Gaspard de la Nuit” is a testament to his pianistic brilliance and deep understanding of Ravel’s intricate compositions. His expressive and evocative performance captivates listeners, making this interpretation a remarkable musical experience.

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