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Momo Kodama: La Vallee Des Cloches

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Japan-born and France-educated pianist Momo Kodama is perfectly at home on La vallée des cloches, as she brings her signature, sublime approach to the interpretation of three introspective 20th century gems. The compositions go from impressionistic to more abstract, both within themselves and throughout the record. Maurice Ravel's five-movement suite “Miroirs," dedicated to various members of his artistic group Les Apaches, opens the album. Kodama punctuates the nocturnal, undulating “Noctuelles" with splashes of bright note clusters, like the shimmer of night moths' wings, imbuing the melody with a vague jazzy sensibility. She brings a dark and quiet romanticism ...



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