Jean-François Heisser / Miroirs
President of the Maurice Ravel Academy in Saint-Jean-de-Luz for twenty years, Jean-François Heisser is a fine connoisseur of Ravel's works for piano. He offers the mirror of works by Kaija Saariaho and Yann Maresz, who have inherited Ravel's sense of colour, his sensitivity for timbres, and an attachment to flowing streams of water. Thus the Prélude (inspired by poems by Amin Maalouf) which, both by its circular arpeggios and its imperturbable pulse from one end of the keyboard to the other, is a perfect extension of Ondine and of Gibet, the first two paintings in Ravel’s triptych Gaspard de la nuit. As for the second, his exploration of the piano, with electronic reinforcements, echoes Ravel's formidable talent as an orchestrator, palpable even in his writing for solo piano.
Jean-François Heisser piano (piano Chickering 1868)
Thomas Goepfer IRCAM computer music design
Maurice Ravel Miroirs (excerpts), Sonatine, Gaspard de la nuit
Kaija Saariaho Prélude
Yan Maresz New work, commissioned by Françoise and Jean-Philippe Billarant — Premiere 2021