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Noël Lee (December 25, 1924 – July 15, 2013) was an American classical pianist and composer living in Paris, France.
Born in 1924 in Nanjing, China, Lee studied music in Lafayette, Indiana, then attended Harvard University, studying with Walter Piston, Irving Fine, and Tillman Merritt and was also a student at the Longy School of Music in the early 1940s. Following World War II, he traveled to Paris where he studied music with Nadia Boulanger and was a friend of Douglas Allanbrook. He composed orchestral, chamber, piano, vocal, and film music. In addition, he completed several unfinished piano works by Franz Schubert, and composed cadenzas for piano concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. He was also well known for his piano accompaniment.
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Performer: Noel Lee
Number of Discs: 2
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.96 GB
Lee served as visiting professor at Brandeis University, Cornell University, and Dartmouth College.
He received numerous awards throughout his career, an Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his creative work in 1959; and from France, twice laureate of the Fondation de France, in 1998, the grade of Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and, in 1999, from the city of Paris, the Grand Prix de la Musique.
Lee’s first recordings were for the Valois label of Michel Bernstein.
He famously recorded, together with French Pianist Christian Ivaldi, the complete works for four hands by Schubert for the label Arion.
He was the pianist for the American violinist Paul Makanowitzki (1920-1998), the Dutch baritone Bernard Kruysen (1933-2000) and the French soprano Anne-Marie Rodde.
As a pianist, he toured on six continents and recorded 198 LPs and CDs since 1955, particularly of Schubert (including the complete sonatas), Debussy, Ravel, Charles Ives, Bartók, Stravinsky, Aaron Copland and Elliott Carter. Thirteen of these have received a Grand Prix du Disque.
|A3||Une Barque Sur L’océan||6:16|
|A4||Alborada Del Gracioso||6:15|
|A5||La Vallée des Cloches||5:02|
|B1||Valses Nobles Et Semintales||14:15|
|B3||Mouvement De Menuet||3:54|
|Gaspard De La Nuit|
|C4||Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte||5:44|
|Le Tombeau De Couperin|
Analyzed folder: /96k Ravel – Piano Works – Noel Lee
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR12 -6.79 dB -24.15 dB A1 Miroirs – Noctuelles.aif
DR17 -7.75 dB -31.44 dB A2 Miroirs – Oiseaux Tristes.aif
DR13 -2.21 dB -19.52 dB A3 Miroirs – Une Barque Sur L’Ocean.aif
DR13 -0.98 dB -18.96 dB A4 Miroirs – Alborada Del Gracioso.aif
DR16 -10.47 dB -31.35 dB A5 Miroirs – La Vallee des Cloches.aif
DR14 -2.46 dB -22.74 dB B1 Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales.aif
DR13 -1.48 dB -20.72 dB B2 Sonatine – Modere.aif
DR16 -5.28 dB -27.69 dB B3 Sonatine – Mouvement De Menuet.aif
DR12 -1.04 dB -17.58 dB B4 Sonatine – Anime.aif
DR12 -1.76 dB -20.58 dB C1 Gaspard De La Nuit – Ondine.aif
DR17 -7.82 dB -31.79 dB C2 Gaspard De La Nuit – Le Gibet.aif
DR12 -0.93 dB -18.15 dB C3 Gaspard De La Nuit – Scarbo.aif
DR17 -2.51 dB -24.77 dB C4 Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte.aif
DR13 -3.66 dB -21.26 dB D1 Jeux D’Eau.aif
DR11 -6.10 dB -19.88 dB D2 Le Tombeau De Couperin – Prelude.aif
DR12 -7.58 dB -24.62 dB D3 Le Tombeau De Couperin – Fugue.aif
DR13 -4.93 dB -22.67 dB D4 Le Tombeau De Couperin – Forlane.aif
DR12 -1.33 dB -17.13 dB D5 Le Tombeau De Couperin – Rigaudon.aif
DR16 -2.68 dB -25.22 dB D6 Le Tombeau De Couperin – Menuet.aif
DR11 -0.49 dB -15.30 dB D7 Le Tombeau De Couperin – Toccata.aif
Number of files: 20
Official DR value: DR14
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