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Momo Kodama
La vallée des cloches

Momo Kodama piano
Maurice Ravel (1875-1935)
Oiseaux tristes
Une barque sur l’océan
Alborada del gracioso
La vallée des cloches

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
Rain Tree Sketch

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
La fauvette des jardins

Recorded September 2012

ECM New Series 2343

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Momo Kodma’s first ECM New Series album is a marvel, a mesmerizing journey from the shimmering surfaces of Miroirs, Ravel’s piano cycle of 1904-45 to Messiaen’s La fauvette des jardins (written in 1970), a late masterpiece of piano music from the visionary composer. Kodama’s insights into Messiaen’s sound-world are remarkable as she conveys his religious feeling for nature, birdsong transformed into spiritual utterance, through the compelling, insistent piano figures. Linking the two pieces like a walkway is Toru Takemitsu’s Rain Tree Sketch (1982), music from the East informed by Western experiment. “Its opening bars” writes Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich in the liner notes, “evoke not only the rapturous crystalline chord progressions of Messiaen, but also the flashing, glittering sophistication of Ravel.”