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

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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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Editor's Choice - November 2015

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DG - 4794954

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Richter Rarities with Orchestra

Richter Rarities with Orchestra

compiles four previously published rarities for collectors


Beethoven:

Rondo in B flat major, Anh. 6

May 8, 1962

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyril Kondrashin

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

June 14, 1969

Orchestra Communale Genova, Ricardo Muti

Scriabin:

Prometheus (The Poem of Fire), Op. 60

April 3, 1972 (Richter’s first performance of this work) (stereo)

All-Union Radio and Central Television Large Chorus & USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov

Strauss, R:

Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85

George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, George Georgescu


Both the Beethoven Rondo in B Flat and Ravel’s Concerto for Left Hand were issued as parts of boxed sets containing mostly otherwise-common items. The original sets have both been out of print for more than two decades and are collectors’ items. The set including the Beethoven was suppressed by legal action shortly after it was issued.

Parnassus - PACD96056

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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

Ravel: Piano Concertos


Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Samson François (piano)

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Samson François (piano)

Valses nobles et sentimentales

Gaspard de la Nuit


“François’s record of the Left-Hand Concerto is played with tremendous vitality and spirit. Its attractions are further enhanced by a splendidly detailed and sonorous recording.” Gramophone Magazine

EMI Masters - 6783182

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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Ravel, Debussy & Massenet

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Ravel, Debussy & Massenet


Debussy:

Fantasie for piano and orchestra

Massenet:

Valse folle

Toccata

Papillons blancs

Papillons noirs

Eau courante

Eau dormante

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)


The exclusive Chandos artist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is a master of this repertoire. This is his second concerto recording for the label, after his survey of the complete piano concertos by Bartók (CHAN10610) which was released in September to high acclaim and voted ‘Orchestral Choice of the Month’ by the magazine BBC Music. Bavouzet’s complete recording of the piano music by Debussy also scooped awards from BBC Music and Gramophone, which wrote: ‘This could well be the finest and most challenging of all Debussy piano cycles.’ On this new release, Bavouzet is accompanied by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Yan Pascal Tortelier, a conductor steeped in the French tradition and utterly at home in this repertoire. The result is a totally idiomatic performance of these French masterpieces for piano and orchestra.

Ravel’s light and brilliant Piano Concerto in G major is the intriguing result of a merging of classical models with the idioms and harmonies found in the popular jazz music of his day. At the time of composing this concerto, Ravel had just returned from his travels in the USA and the work is heavily influenced by the jazz music that he encountered there. However, in the second movement Mozart takes precedence, the piano’s theme closely modelled on the slow movement of his Clarinet Quintet; and Saint-Saëns’s sparkling semi-quavers fill the finale. The first performance of this work, given by Marguerite Long in Paris, was a great success, as was the European tour that followed. Another central piece is Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. The work was commissioned by Paul Wittgenstein, a concert pianist who had lost his right arm during the First World War. Although at first Wittgenstein did not take to its jazz-influenced rhythms and harmonies, he grew to like the piece. Speaking of the Concerto, Ravel said that he had been determined to make it sound ‘no thinner’ than one for both hands and noted that in the middle of the piece ‘innumerable rhythmic patterns are introduced which become increasingly compact’ and that ‘this pulsation increases in intensity and frequency’ before the various elements ‘contend with one another until they are brusquely interrupted by a brutal conclusion’.

Also featured on this disc is Debussy’s Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra. Debussy was a highly self-critical composer and disowned or withdrew several of his early works; this piece was one of them. It was composed in 1889 – 90, and its premiere was scheduled, under Vincent d’Indy, almost as soon as the score was completed, but withdrawn by Debussy just as it was being put into rehearsal. The first performance did not take place until after Debussy’s death in 1918. Although the Fantaisie is the lone piano concerto by a composer regarded as one of the greatest among those who wrote for the piano, it remains one of Debussy's least frequently performed works even now. The work shows the influences of Fauré and Franck, and the piano does not figure as a solo instrument in the conventional concerto sense but rather as an equal partner with the orchestra, although the conventional three movements are still present.

Completing the disc in a unique manner are six pieces for solo piano by Massenet. Most famous for his operas and suites for orchestra, Massenet wrote a quantity of very charming piano pieces, of which Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has selected some of the best. The music is typical of its composer – highly tuneful, richly textured, and utterly compelling – and conjures an atmosphere which only a Frenchman could achieve.

“As he did in his performance of the Concerto for the Left Hand at the Proms in the summer, Bavouzet undervalues its growling intensity...He's much more at home in the glitter of the G major concerto, with his elegant, delicately tinted playing and Tortelier's deft accompaniments” The Guardian, 28th October 2010 ***

“It is the particular mix that makes this disc so appealing...Albeit that the Fantaisie is an early work that Debussy himself seems to have shunned, this performance relishes its colour and élan.” The Telegraph, 5th November 2010 ****

“The ebullient French pianist Bavouzet scales the heights in this splendid and generous CD with the BBC Symphony Orchestra...The G major bounces along, though, with reflective asides not forgotten. In the Concerto for Left Hand, Bavouzet winningly balances the grandiose and jazzy.” The Times, 13th November 2010 ****

“the interpretations catch the ear with their blend of subtle phrasing, polish and unanimous zest...A group of charming solo piano miniatures by Massenet complements and at times connects with the styles of Debussy and Ravel, and Bavouzet plays them beautifully.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

“[Bavouzet] turns in a performance of the Fantaisie that illuminates this uneven yet magical work like no other. As to the Ravel concertos, I have no hesitation in saying these are the greatest performances I have ever heard. The G major is a sharp as a razor, achingly lyrical when required and, above all, fun...The 'Left Hand', helped by Tortelier's incisive conducting is simply awe-inspiring.” Classic FM Magazine, January 2011 *****

“Bavouzet’s G major concerto is the best since Michelangeli’s 50 years ago: it has style, verve, poetry and balance...they pull off a wonderfully propulsive Left Hand Concerto, full of pizzazz, spontaneity and arresting insights.” Financial Times, 14th January 2011 ****

“Bavouzet's accounts of the two Ravel Piano Concertos are very special, quite wonderfully atmospheric, indeed magical; the delicacy and finesse of the pianism are dazzling...This is simply one of the finest records of French piano music in the catalogue.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

GGramophone Awards 2011

Best of Category - Concerto

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2012

Orchestral Award Winner

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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)


“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 ****

“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

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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)


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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 and Decca Sale

DG - 4492132

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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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$14.25

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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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$8.50

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