Ravel plays Ravel – Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (1913 Welte Mignon Recording)
An excellent reproduction of Ravel’s 1913 Welte Mignon reproducing piano recording. This recording is free of the tempo hiccups and pedaling errors which hackneyed previous releases. The mechanism of the Welte Mignon reproducing piano system is not fully understood, as the inner workings of the units were a heavily guarded secret. There are no known Welte Mignon recording units still in existence. There were very few to begin with, and all were either dismantled or destroyed during World War II.
Special thanks to Professor Anatole Leikin of the University of California, Santa Cruz for recommending this fantastic recording and taking time to answer my questions about reproducing pianos. Be sure to pick up Professor Leikin’s fantastic new book, “The Performing Style of Alexander Scriabin” in which he explores the nuances of this unique composer’s performing style in the broader context of Romantic performance practice. Follow the link below to purchase this wonderful book!
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