Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

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Ravel: Piano Concertos & Falla: Nights in the gardens of Spain

Ravel: Piano Concertos & Falla: Nights in the gardens of Spain


Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Steven Osborne’s solo Ravel for Hyperion has invited comparisons with the distinguished interpretations of the past; this new recording of the concertos is certain to win similar plaudits. The Falla is a generous and appropriate coupling, perfectly complementing these wonderful works.

“Full of colour, both Osborne’s poetry and his exceptional touch are to the fore, the sparkling cascades in the final movement being especially breathtaking…strong performances of a programme that bears repeated listening” BBC Music Magazine, June 2017 ****

“Time and again whilst listening I had to dash to my score to check that everything I could hear was actually being played by just the one hand! More importantly, though, Osborne doesn’t just treat it as a series of notes: he always manages to maintain the line, and to bring out each phrase effortlessly, no matter what else may be going on at the same time!” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 2nd June 2017

“This performance is atmospheric and suggestive, Osborne and Morlot (Nights is more for orchestra with piano) conjuring an intoxicating impressionism that finds, for me, more in this three-movement score than hitherto, especially the outer ones – the second always makes an immediate appeal – and further recognition that this is an outstanding release in every way.” classicalsource.com, June 2017 *****

“Osborne and the orchestra imbue [the Falla] with fabulous drama, especially in the rambunctious third movement...Broadly speaking, these performers [of the Ravel] make the great Left Hand Concerto in D seem like a traumatic postlude to the war and the much jollier Piano Concerto in G sound like the purest escapism from it.” The Times, 23rd June 2017

Presto Disc of the Week

2nd June 2017

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Hyperion - CDA68148

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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

Presto Discs of 2015

Finalist

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2015

DG - 4794954

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Ravel & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos

Ravel & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos


Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major


Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli brings his proverbial refinement and technical mastery to two works composed within a few years of each other: Ravel’s exquisite, jazz-inflected G major concerto and Rachmaninov’s 4th concerto, more discreetly Romantic than its two much-loved predecessors. With his infinitely subtle gradations of colour and touch, Michelangeli proves characteristically mesmerising in both.

Warner Classics Original Jacket Reissues - 2435672382

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Broadway - Lafayette

Broadway - Lafayette


Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

Lasser:

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 'The Circle and The Child'

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major


Simone celebrates the time-honoured link between France and America through 3 different composers - Maurice Ravel, George Gershwin and Philip Lasser.

Featuring the world-premiere recording of piano concerto ‘The circle and the child’ by composer Philip Lasser (whose mother is French and father is American) who wrote the concerto especially for Simone Dinnerstein in 2012. The concerto is an amalgam of both French and American musical sound worlds while being based on a chorale by Bach “Ihr Gestirn’, Ihr hohlen Lüfte” (You stars in heaven, you vaulted sky).

The title and cover artwork refer to the New York subway station and alludes to the French-American connection as the Marquis de Lafayette and his French troops helped the American colonists oust the British during the American revolution.

“These are pugnacious performances in which Dinnerstein's heavily articulated playing is matched by plenty of detail from Kristjan Järvi's Leipzig forces, who capture the spirit even if they don't convince that they can naturally swing it. Sony's sound recording assists: there's the natural spaciousness of surround sound yet a crisp focus on each individual.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2015 ***

Sony - 88875032452

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Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major & La Valse

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major & La Valse


Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Martha Argerich (piano)

Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Jacek Kaspszyk

Ma Mère L'oye: Cinq Pièces Enfantines

Martha Argerich (piano), Alexander Mogilevsky (piano)

Rapsodie Espagnole (for 2 pianos)

Sergio Tiempo (piano), Karin Lechner (piano)

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2 (for 2 pianos)

Sergio Tiempo (piano), Karin Lechner (piano)

La Valse (for 2 pianos)

Martha Argerich (piano), Sergio Tiempo (piano)


Building a Library

First Choice - February 2015

Warner Classics - 7231852

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Benjamin Grosvenor plays Rhapsody in Blue

Benjamin Grosvenor plays Rhapsody in Blue


Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd

Love Walked In

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd

Prélude

Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne


Nineteen year old British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and penetrating interpretations.

Following his highly successful debut album on Decca Classics (the youngest British musician to sign to Decca, and the first British pianist to join the label in almost 60 years) Benjamin will record his second disc featuring some of the foremost romantic piano concertos accompanied by the lush textures of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Grosvenor and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic achieve a fine balance between [the Ravel's] urban bustle and more reflective passages...[Rhapsody in Blue is] less cluttered and more demotic in style, with more of a swing than in some stiffer, stuffier versions.” The Independent, 11th August 2012 ****

“in an age of ready-made virtuosos, his gifts are already distinctive — poetic, romantic, almost old-school in the way he makes phrases teeter on the edge of a pause or when one hand hesitates before the other in laying down a texture...Grosvenor’s rendition of the Rhapsody is definitely European, warmly sensuous rather than American pizzazz.” The Times, 10th August 2012 ***

“reservations pale into Beckmesserish scratchings besides the delights of this disc and especially of Grosvenor's pianism. I can only concur with other critics who hear in his tone and phrasing echoes of a golden age...For me, his playing of the Godowsky version of Saint-Saens's Swan is a high point...A champagne disc - fizz and finesse.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2012 *****

“His playing belies his youth; this is deliciously individual, mature pianism. The sound is warm, the style impulsive, affectionate. He’s not striving for technical perfection (though you won’t find any fluffs here), more content to draw the listener in and spin a good yarn...Immaculate, characterful orchestral playing from James Judd and the RLPO too” The Arts Desk, 30th September 2012

“he opens [the Saint-Saens] with a rhetorical grandeur before setting the keyboard ablaze with a burst of swaggering, supercharged virtuosity...He has technique to burn and his pungency and force are things to marvel at...Grosvenor's Ravel brims over with individual touches...while in Gershwin his virtuosity is once more exultant rather than brash...Grosvenor's is, at the least, a talent in a thousand.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2012

“he has a sparkle and spontaneity to his playing” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 6th August 2012

Presto Disc of the Week

6th August 2012

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2012

Decca - 4783527

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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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Nobel Prize Concert 2009

Nobel Prize Concert 2009

Recorded at the Stockholm Concert Hall, 8 December 2009


Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Op. 64a

Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 2, Op. 64b

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Martha Argerich (piano)

Shostakovich:

Festive Overture, Op. 96


As part of the official Nobel Week, the world’s most renowned artists are gathering each year to pay tribute to the Nobel Laureates. An event of world class stature and performances of highest international standard. Members of the Swedish Royal Family as well as guests of the Nobel Foundation are attending the highly acclaimed event, which gathers internationally renowned artists and conductors each year.

Very special highlight was this year’s soloist Martha Argerich, one of the very charismatic and brilliant pianists, performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major under Yuri Temirkanov leading the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The program also includes Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1941, Martha Argerich had her performing debut at the age of eight. Her breakthrough came in 1965, when she won the prestigious Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Working with most of the world’s leading conductors Argerich is passionate about supporting young talents. In 1999 the first International Martha Argerich Piano Contest was held in Buenos Aires, a competition that she founded and of which she is now the chief judge.

Picture format: 1080i Full HD - 16:9

Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio

Region code: All

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 80 mins

German FSK: 0

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

EuroArts - 2057894

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Ravel: Piano Music

Ravel: Piano Music


Ravel:

Jeux d'eau

Le Tombeau de Couperin

Sonatine

Piano Concerto in G major

Helene Grimaud (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jesús López-Cobos


Highly acclaimed perfomances of Ravel’s solo piano music (Jeux d’eau, Sonatine, Tombeau de Couperin) by one of the world ‘s most popular pianists. The Piano Concerto in G performed by Helene Grimaud, with the RPO and Lopez-Cobos, provides accomplished bonus material. The Thibaudet performances have not been commercially available since the1990s.

“Elegant, precise, borderline dry, then suddenly warmed with sunshine, Thibaudet's Ravel is preferred to Grimaud's indulgent Piano Concerto in G. At least her Concerto finale sparkles.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ***

Regis - RRC1339

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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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