Ravel: Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand) (Concerto pour la main gauche)

This page lists all recordings of Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand) (Concerto pour la main gauche), by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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French Piano Concertos

French Piano Concertos


Boulanger, N:

Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra

Françaix:

Piano Concerto

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Tailleferre:

Ballade


Florian Uhlig (piano)

Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Pablo González

In 2013 Florian Uhlig released a recording with French Piano concertos on SWRmusic (CD93302) which received excellent critics all over the world and became one of that year’s bestsellers of the label.

Florian Uhlig is again accompanied by the German Radio Philharmonic under Pablo Gonzales – a collaboration which already made his first recording of French Piano concertos a huge success.

This CD contains again piano concertos by Ravel and Françaix, which supplement the concertos of the 2013 recording, and rarely performed and very imaginative works for piano and orchestra with concert character by Germaine Tailleferre and Nadia Boulanger.

“it is the pieces by Nadia Boulanger and Germaine Tailleferre that steal the limelight…[Ballade receives a] nuanced and devoted performance [of Ballade] from Uhlig and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie under Pablo González” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 ****

Released or re-released in last 6 months

SWR Music - SWR19027CD

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Yuja Wang plays Ravel

Yuja Wang plays Ravel


Fauré:

Ballade in F sharp major for solo piano or piano & orchestra, Op. 19

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)


Yuja Wang has established herself as an international sensation. She plays with the world’s leading orchestras—including those of New York, London, Amsterdam, and Berlin—regularly joining them on tours of the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

On her eagerly expected new orchestral album she wows with two perennial hits: Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major and The Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major. Both are heavily influenced by jazz, which Ravel had encountered on a concert tour of the United States in 1928. He composed both concertos between 1929 and 1930. The latter was commissioned by the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during World War I.

Yuja, young stellar conductor Lionel Bringuier and celebrated Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich are the perfect match to inflame Ravel’s vibrant sound. The melding of Yuja’s legendary technical skills with her interpretative intelligence transforms this album into a profound musical experience with a haunting and jazzy sound.

“The outer movements are so deliciously light, like the most perfect soufflé, executed with disarming insouciance by pianist and orchestra alike...You could not wish for a more atmospheric account of this concerto – nor a more thrilling one...The same applies to the Left Hand Concerto with an opening that is truly sinister.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

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Finalist

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2015

DG - 4794954

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Prokofiev & Ravel: Piano Concertos

Prokofiev & Ravel: Piano Concertos


Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10

Andrei Gavrilov (piano)

Romeo and Juliet: Dance of the girls with lilies

Romeo and Juliet: The Street Awakens

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Andrei Gavrilov (piano)

Pavane pour une infante défunte


In March 2015, after months of lively speculation in the media, the London Symphony Orchestra formally announced that Sir Simon Rattle would become its Music Director in September 2017. This news made headlines in the UK, where Liverpool-born Rattle, despite his departure in 2002 to become Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker, remains a national cultural hero. As Rattle told The Times: “I am leaving a world-class orchestra and coming to a very different sort of world-class orchestra.” In a video interview, he added: “The LSO and I share so many of the same ideals – it just made complete logical sense, and emotional sense as well ... This can be the greatest orchestra in the world. Everybody is pointing in the same direction.”

No appearance by Rattle and the LSO is ever likely to reach as many people as their performance at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, watched by an estimated one billion people worldwide, but it was just the highest-profile date in a relationship that goes back to 1977. At that time, Rattle was only 22 years old and not yet Principal Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – he took up that role in 1980 and, as Music Director, left Birmingham 18 years later. While his concert debut with the LSO took place in October 1977, he had in fact already made his first recording with its players. In July of that year, at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios, he conducted them and soloist Andrei Gavrilov – born, like Rattle, in 1955 – in a pairing of two compact, concentrated works: Prokofiev’s high-octane Piano Concerto No 1 and Ravel’s brave and intense Concerto for the Left Hand. Gavrilov, who trained at the Moscow Conservatory, had achieved widespread recognition in 1974 when he won the International Tchaikovsky Competition and went on to make his international debut at the Salzburg Festival.

The album, which represented both the conductor’s and the pianist’s debuts on the HMV label, is the earliest Rattle recording in the Warner Classics catalogue. When it was originally released in 1978, Gramophone said: “... However high your expectations may be, I would be surprised to learn that they were disappointed ... This newcomer is second to none in both works,” and praised the young Rattle as “a conductor of keen responsiveness and sensitivity.” The recording went on to win a Gramophone Award in 1979.

“Gavrilov seems either to be pummelling the keys into splinters or skimming them with featherlight virtuosity. As for Rattle, he does nothing wrong but has little opportunity to show his own interpretative gifts. He would surely expect, and get, more precision and clarity from today’s LSO. All credit to Warner Classics, however, for seizing the moment and rescuing this (originally EMI) recording from the vaults.” The Times, 24th April 2015 ***

Warner Classics Original Jacket Reissues - 2564611661

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Ravel: Piano Concertos and Miroirs

Ravel: Piano Concertos and Miroirs


Ravel:

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Piano Concerto in G major

Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Miroirs, 5 pieces for piano


Pierre-Laurent Aimard and his longtime musical partner Pierre Boulez team up to present two of the most significant piano concertos of the French classical canon. A recording highlight of the year!

In joining forces with The Cleveland Orchestra – which Boulez has conducted and recorded with regularly since the 1960s – Aimard and Boulez guarantee a superlative reading of these Ravel blockbusters.

Recorded live in Cleveland in February 2010, the Plain Dealer (Cleveland) states after the concerts: “The other incontrovertible star this weekend is pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, soloist in Ravel's two piano concertos. Like Boulez, the peerless nature of his performances, which are being recorded by Deutsche Grammophon, is no surprise”.

This release is Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s first concerto album on Deutsche Grammophon. In the opinion of The Independent, “It is hard to imagine a pianist better qualified to play works by Ravel . . . than Pierre-Laurent Aimard.”

“There are surely few conductors alive who can bring Ravel's miraculous, deft orchestral colours to life with such lucidity and suppleness as Boulez...Aimard, too, is a pianist completely immersed in the French repertoire of the 20th century and attuned to Ravel's particular sound world.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

“Boulez unravels the dark, intricate introductory orchestral textures [of the Left-Hand Concerto] with a refinement nobody else can touch, and Aimard's percussive tenacity is just what's needed.” Classic FM Magazine, November 2010 ****

“These two musicians have worked together ever since their time with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, which helps explain the seamless union of soloist and orchestra on this album of Ravel's two Piano Concertos.” The Independent, 15th October 2010 ***

“The combination of Aimard and Boulez is a perfect meeting of minds...They achieve such precision, one marvels that both concertos are live performances from Cleveland’s Severance Hall — the great orchestra plays with a range of colour and dynamics to match Aimard’s astonishing palette of sound.” Sunday Times, 17th October 2010 ****

“Aimard brings clarity, delicacy and poise to the G minor concerto...[He] is at his best alone in the studio with Miroirs, in which his judgement of timbre and colour really is unbeatable.” Financial Times, 23rd October 2010 ***

“Boulez and Pierre-Laurent Aimard make a combination that's...formidable...especially in the left-handed work, where Boulez conjures up all the serpentine hues of the orchestral writing magnificently and Aimard gives a savage edge to the solo part.” The Guardian, 28th October 2010 ****

“in the G major Concerto Aimard and Boulez favour dry rather than sparkling wit...The invaluable coupling is an enthralling account of Miroirs. Aimard crackles with energy in 'Alborada del gracioso', and his poetry in 'La vallée des cloches' is utterly sublime” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 ****

“It was only a matter of time before Pierre Laurent Aimard tackled the Ravel concertos. Few such pairs complement each other so perfectly in matters technical and expressive, Aimard alighting on their differences while rendering them equally characteristic of the composer's maturity.” International Record Review, December 2010

“Aimard's rapt, impassioned playing in the slow movement of the G major concerto is breathtaking, and the Cleveland Orchestra players impress, not least the contrabassoon solo that begins the Concerto for the Left Hand!” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, August 2014

GGramophone Awards 2011

Shortlisted - Concerto

DG - 4778770

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The Gershwin/Ravel Cycle

The Gershwin/Ravel Cycle


Gershwin:

An American in Paris, tone poem

Rhapsody in Blue

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)


“Rogé’s playing of Ravel’s Left-Hand concerto is masterly. He has complete technical regard for the work; more importantly, he appreciates the range of the music, its darkness, menace, anger, other-worldly escape, introspection and defiance.” International Piano, May/June 2008

“Ravel once played Rhapsody in Blue to Gershwin at a private party. It's tempting to think it must have sounded something like Rogé's performance here: sophisticated, elegant, oh-so-well-well-behaved… the Left Hand Concerto starts well with wonderfully saturnine grumblings and a superbly sculpted long orchestral crescendo. Rogé's long soliloquy after the Allegro's huge climax is particularly fine.” BBC Music Magazine, Proms 2008 ****

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Oehms - OC623

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Samson François

Samson François


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)


DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

EMI Classic Archive - 4904389

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Ravel - Piano Concertos

Ravel - Piano Concertos


Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Valses nobles et sentimentales


“Zimerman's pianism is self-recommending.
His trills in the first movement of the G major Concerto are to die for, his passagework in the finale crystalclear, never hectic, always stylish. For their part Boulez and the Clevelanders are immaculate and responsive; they relish Ravel's neon-lit artificiality and moments of deliberate gaudiness.
That goes equally for the Valses nobles, which have just about every nuance you'd want, and none you wouldn't. The recording is generous with ambience, to the point where some orchestral entries after big climaxes are blurred. Otherwise detail is razor-sharp and one of the biggest selling-points of the disc. Zimerman's humming may be a slight distraction for some listeners, especially in the Left-Hand Concerto, where you may not be always convinced that the LSO knew quite what it was supposed to do with the long notes of the main theme, and where there's a slight lack of tension in exchanges between piano and orchestra. There again, had the G major Concerto not been so wonderful those points might not have registered at all, for this is playing of no mean distinction. In the Left- Hand Concerto, Zimerman's phenomenal pianism sets its own agenda and brings its own rich rewards.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Awards 1999

Winner - 20th-Century Concerto

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

Building a Library

First Choice - May 2005

DG - 4492132

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Ravel: Piano Concertos

Ravel: Piano Concertos

and other works


Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Martha Argerich (piano)

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Michel Béroff (piano)

Fanfare from 'L'Eventail de Jeanne'

Menuet antique

Le Tombeau de Couperin

(orchestral version)


DG - E4236652

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Ravel: Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand), etc.

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 - excerpts

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)


Michael Houstoun (piano)

Auckland Philharmonia, Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Atoll - ACD102

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$14.75

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Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major, etc.

Fauré:

Fantaisie for piano & orchestra, Op. 111

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)


Australian Eloquence - ELQ4762351

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$8.75

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