France MusiqueSeptember 2015En pistes ! radio broadcast
Ravel / Schmitt ARS SACD-CD review
Émilie Munéra & Rodolphe Bruneau Boulmier
ClassicaJuly 2015"Vincent Larderet offers an expressive approach to the whimsical expressionism, which restores to Ravel a dark romanticism too often concealed. In Scriabin, the intensity is controlled by a strength capable of flowing lava in the serene majesty of a temple. Promethean in the full sens of the word ! (Paris, Salle Gaveau, 2015-05-20). "
Classica n°174 (France)
CadencesFebruary 2015“His Olympian approach possess the hindsight of the true ‘Greats’ and ranks him immediately among the best Ravelian of the past 40 years."
Cadences n° 281 (France)
FanfareJanuary 2015"The result is a huge sonority that’s miles away from Gieseking and Michelangeli — Larderet counts the latter as an inspiration for this recording of Gaspard de la nuit. The second inspiration for Larderet (…) is Vlado Perlemuter (1904-2002), who studied Ravel’s piano music with the aging composer. Perlemuter made extensive notations in his performing scores, which Larderet has followed in this recording. Yet laudable as his adherence to Ravel’s intentions may be, what stands out is really the beauty and fullness of the piano sound on this CD. It’s sensational.”
Clavier Companion MagazineSeptember 2014“Vincent Larderet navigates the demanding repertoire with fitting prowess. He communicates his vision of Gaspard de la nuit with crystal-clear articulation and perfectly controlled pacing. Both Jeux d’eau and La Valse exude imagination and microscopic precision. While polished and impressive, the meticulously exposed layers at times overwhelm their intended whimsical and glamorous style."
Clavier Companion Magazine (USA) - Sept/Oct 2014 issue
MusicWeb InternationalMay 2014"Vincent Larderet is a pretty impressive pianist. He is certainly a fantastic interpreter of the Daphnis Suite, and with a little luck (…) he could be associated with Daphnis the way Maurizio Pollini is linked to Petrushka. You’ll be impressed at how well that War dance turns out on piano, by the way, as one of the ultimate displays of virtuoso fireworks. This is a fantastic Ravel recital (…) and it makes this an essential release."
MusicWeb International (UK) « recording of the month » Award
LibérationApril 2014"Before recording this CD, Vincent Larderet studied the annotated scores of pianist Vlado Perlemuter who worked with Ravel and died in 2002 at 98 years old. From the Pavane stripped of all sentimentality, through the hypnotic Gibet or the Daphnis et Chloé Suite, the result is amazing. Combining architectural rigor and genius of the timbre, objectivity and creativity, stylization and lyricism, the French pianist established himself as a Master."
Klassik Heute 10/10April 2014"Larderet übt in diesen herausragenden Ravel-Interpretationen eine seltene Kontrolle über das Klavier aus. Das macht diese Versionen so hypnotisch: dass hier ein klarer Geist spielt, der dennoch in der Magie des Klangs gefangen ist."
Klassik Heute 10/10 (Germany)
Michael B. Weiß
Télérama ffffApril 2014"The merit of Vincent Larderet's wonderful recording should not be restrained to the result of a genuine loyalty desire towards Ravel's mind and demands. The appeal it expresses comes even more from the freedom of inspiration, the singular imagination that spread out of it. Revealing the mirage of an orchestra flying away from the keyboard. Debussy used to be suavely ironic about the art of Ravel, "a fakir that grows flowers around a chair". Vincent Larderet grows landscapes around his piano, as a true Ravelian magician."
Télérama ffff Award n°3353 (France)
DNAMarch 2014"Recital at Strasbourg's PMC : the virtuosity of Vincent Larderet.
Queen Masterpiece of the recital, Gaspard de la nuit illustrates the interpreter-architect's personality of Larderet. Conduct by an unwavering tempo, the score stands with an amazing formal clarity and transparency, like an uncompromising Scarbo brilliantly orchestrated."
Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace - DNA (France)
Pizzicato - InterviewMarch 2014Pizzicato (Luxemburg)
Pizzicato "SUPERSONIC"March 2014“In this Ravel program, French pianist Vincent Larderet signs very personal, almost visually shaped performances, deeply expressive and atmospheric as well."
Pizzicato "SUPERSONIC" Award (Luxemburg)
Piano News - interviewJanuary 2014Exclusive video interview for Piano News (Germany)
DiapasonOctober 2013“Vincent Larderet demonstrates comfortable abilities and a palette of tone rooted in the lower part of the keyboard. These pianistic qualities work wonders in Prélude Choral & Fugue from César Franck (...). The challenging Fugue, in which more than one Master lost their way, sustainably goes forward. Even more amazing, two shimmering and finely crafted Préludes from Debussy were somewhat reminiscent of Michelangeli."
Crescendo magazineAugust 2013"La Roque d'Anthéron 2013: piano majesty. In Liszt's Funérailles, Larderet revealed the full extent of his pianistic knowledge. Many have fallen into the trap of turning it into a virtuosity piece with meaningless effects and handsome fast octaves in the end. Larderet did not. He succeeded in highlighting the great profundity of this work (...). Vincent Larderet has a very lyrical playing (...) and sometimes focuses on things that others completely ignore. We're dealing with a clever pianist there. The end was particularly intense and well presented. The concert ended with Rachmaninov's famous Sonata n°2 op. 36. Larderet's qualities were fully exposed here; an openhearted, full of details playing."
Crescendo magazine (Belgium)
FanfareJune 2012“This is definitely one of Naxos’ better releases.”
MusicWeb InternationalSeptember 2011"It's convincing in this solo piano version which Vincent Larderet delivers masterfully. Larderet is also effective in bringing his insights into each of the pieces. He then seamlessly leads the listener from one section to another. At times the music sounds as its origins were with the piano. This is testimony of Larderet's craft. The music suggests a live performance, an aspect of the recording that is laudable in itself. Solid reading and persuasive interpretations."
MusicWeb International (UK)
James L. Zychowicz
Resmusica "Clef"August 2011"To transcend the difficulty of these scores (The Tragedy of Salomé is quite an amazing feat), it needs all the pianistic skill and height of view of Vincent Larderet. His technical mastery allows him to sound his instrument with the force of an orchestra, sometimes seductive, sometimes dark and dramatic; all with a wide range of colors exactly Orientalizing. So we keep a reference record."
Resmusica "Clef" Award (France)
Pierre -Jean Tribot
American record GuideJuly 2011"Vincent Larderet has special gifts for evenness and light tremolos. Another strength is his ability to project different sounds: his soft bass passages are rumbling and ominous, and his full-force chordal attacks are overwhelming and brilliant (never even shrill, just powerful).”
American record Guide (USA)
Qobuz - Interview PodcastJuly 2011Qobuz (France)