P1372. VLADO PERLEMUTER - Ravel d'après Ravel, w.Jacques Beaudry Cond. ORTF S.O.: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D (Ravel), Live Performance, 26 Jan., 1966; Interviews w. Vlado Perlemuter & Jacques Beaudry, guided by Bernard Gavoty. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-1028, w.broadcast announcements throughout these recitals. [Outstanding performances in deservedly superb sound!] Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“This volume features a special series of radio programs called RAVEL D'APRÈS RAVEL. The program was broadcast in 1952-54 to mark the 15th anniversary of Ravel's death. The host of the program, Hélène Jourdan-Morhange, was a violinist and known as Ravel's Muse (Ravel dedicated his Violin Sonata to her) and she had a very close relationship with Ravel. And Perlemuter, as we know, studied with the composer extensively at his home in 1927. So this is why this program is called RAVEL RAVEL D'APRÈS RAVEL. Both the host and the pianist knew Ravel, and the program goes like this: the two would first discuss how Ravel taught Perlemuter to play one of his piano works, and then Perlemuter played it in complete format. This is why this volume has quite extensive dialogues in French before each track. Later Jourdan-Morhange and Perlemuter published the whole discussion in a book with the same name. This book is a ‘must-read' for all Ravel researchers and piano students learning his works."
- Jim Tang
“If Vlado Perlemuter, the revered French pianist who studied with Ravel and Fauré and was an acclaimed interpreter of their works, never attained widespread public renown, it may have been because of a certain self-effacing quality in his pianism. But he was enormously respected by musicians and his many admirers, who found his playing a model of refinement and elegance.
In a 1993 review in THE NEW YORK TIMES of a two-disc recording of Ravel's complete works, Bernard Holland praised Mr. Perlemuter for his ’unadorned simplicity, his refusal to milk phrases for momentary effect, in short, his insistence on letting the Classical Ravel speak for himself’. Though a courtly figure on the concert stage, Mr. Perlemuter had commanding presence and played with an alluring palette of colorings.
Vlado Perlemuter studied privately with the Polish-German pianist Moritz Moszkowski. At 13 he entered the Paris Conservatory where he worked with the legendary pianist Alfred Cortot and also studied with Fauré. In 1919, at 15, he won the conservatory's prestigious Premier Prix. During the 1920s Mr. Perlemuter took lessons privately with Ravel and become one of the first pianists to perform Ravel's complete works. His personal copies of the Ravel scores were covered with instructions written in this master's hand.
Mr. Perlemuter's career thrived until World War II when, as a Jew, he was forced to flee to Switzerland. In an interview with The Associated Press, Adrian Farmer, the music director of Nimbus Records, which produced a series of his recordings in the 1980s and early ‘90s, said that Mr. Perlemuter's having to leave his homeland during the war was ’the great embitterment of his life’. Mr. Perlemuter was especially distressed, Mr. Farmer added, that Cortot, with whom he was very close, remained in France.
Mr. Perlemuter resumed his career in 1950. His 1955 recording of the complete Ravel piano works became a landmark. Recording them in later years for Nimbus, Mr. Perlemuter played whole stretches of the repertory nonstop, Mr. Farmer said. The recordings were released with almost no touch-ups or editing.
Mr. Perlemuter's other albums from this period include distinguished accounts of works by Fauré, Bach, Debussy, Schumann, Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin. His Chopin playing was particularly admired for its rhythmic subtlety, beautiful details and French-tinged colorings.
From 1951 to 1976, Mr. Perlemuter was a leading professor at the Paris Conservatory. He also gave noted master classes in Britain, Canada and Japan, and served frequently on competition juries.''
- Anthony Tommasini, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 7 Sept., 2002