Reimagine: Beethoven & Ravel — 9 World Premieres finds Inna braking new ground, paying a respectful homage to source material by Beethoven and Ravel. The album was released on June 11th by Navona Records! Purchase links here.
Featuring nine contemporary composers, including Richard Danielpour, Paola Prestini, Billy Childs, and Timo Andres, were commissioned to craft responses to Ludwig van Beethoven’s Bagatelles, op. 126 (incidentally, the master’s favorite) as well as Maurice Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit. The results are exhilarating, not least owing to Faliks’ stunningly precise and sensitive pianistic interpretation: the Ukrainian-born American pianist ties together Classical, Romantic and modern pieces with disarming nonchalance and rock-solid technical skill.
Defying the challenge of uniting three centuries of musical styles and social commentary, as well as producing an album during a global pandemic with the help of Yamaha’s Disklavier technology, Reimagine proudly raises a monument not only to the genius of Beethoven and Ravel, but also to the perseverance and verve of some of today’s most exciting and important composers.
by Remy Franck Reimagine: Beethoven & Ravel Ukrainian-born American pianist Inna Faliks has asked nine contemporary composers, including Richard Danielpour, Paola Prestini, Billy Childs, and Timo Andres, to write a short piece of music on each of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Bagatelles, Op. 126, and Maurice Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit. The results, as might be […]
by James Harrington Reimagine: Beethoven & Ravel The title may be “Reimagine” but the concept is yet another amazing product of Inna Faliks‘s extraordinary imagination. Besides the quality of the music and her exceptional pianism, we have to consider other great aspects of this recording. The program alternates a newly composed Bagatelle response with each […]
by Ron Schepper Reimagine: Beethoven & Ravel With [this solo piano release], Inna Faliks shows herself to be both extraordinary musician and inspired conceptualist. Enhancing the impact of the recording, the six bagatelles appear alongside the compositions they inspired. Collectively, the results are stunning, for both Faliks’ impeccable execution of the material and the sensitivity […]
by Tom Haugen Reimagine: Beethoven & Ravel The piano genius Inna Faliks turns in an incredible interpretation of Beethoven and Ravel with Reimagine, where she brings ingenuity to classic compositions while still keeping the integrity of the originals intact. […] Faliks displays incredible flexibility. “Variations On A Spell”[…] twinkles with a meticulous manipulation of keys as Faliks offers […]
by Guy Rickards Reimagine: Beethoven & Ravel This album is, quite simply put, a real surprise. Not just for the fine playing of Inna Faliks or her imaginative programming, but for the quality of the nine new works that reimagine collectively the two pianistic classics at the heart of the programme. Each [of the responses […]
Lucid Culture Review: “A Fascinating Collection of New Piano Music and the Beethoven and Ravel That Inspired It”
From Lucid Culture, June 12, 2021 also in New York Music Daily Pianist Inna Faliks excels particularly at innovative and interesting programming, whether live or on album. On her latest release, Reimagine – streaming at youtube – she’s commissioned a fascinating mix of contemporary composers to write their own relatively short pieces inspired by, and […]
by Steven A. Kennedy Reimagine: Beethoven and Ravel “[Works by Prestini, Andres, and Childs] provide some windows into Faliks’ technical virtuosity, … [highlighting] her interpretive, lyrical playing well. This ample collection of pieces gives listeners a good appreciation of her skills. Faliks performances are solid here and the works make extensive exploration of the rich […]