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

“[Morlot] brings stylistic flair to Ravel’s bluesy melodies, and the orchestra and Osborne revel in the cascading chords and cakewalky rhythmic piquancy of the D major’s central section. Falla’s nostalgic evocation of his homeland has fallen out of favour, but Osborne has a great time with the Spanish dance flavour of the piece.” Sunday Times, 25th June 2017

“The Concerto for the Left Hand is done with élan and rhythmic zest, and Osborne flies through the massive challenges of the grand coda. The BBC Scottish SO is a sensitive partner; Ludovic Morlot occasionally drives the players hard but they rarely struggle, with the strings especially producing a mellow supportive tone.” Pianist Magazine, July 2017 ****

Presto Disc of the Week

2nd June 2017

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Hyperion - CDA68148

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Saint-Saëns, Ravel & Gershwin: Piano Concertos

Saint-Saëns, Ravel & Gershwin: Piano Concertos


Gershwin:

Second Rhapsody

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Saint-Saëns:

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


Andrew von Oeyen (piano)

PKF - Prague Philharmonia, Emmanuel Villaume

Living as he does between Paris and Los Angeles, pianist Andrew von Oeyen is the ideal interpreter for this enticing programme: flanking Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 and Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody, it explores Franco-American cross-currents. Von Oeyen is partnered by the PFK Prague Philharmonia under its Music Director and Chief Conductor Emmanuel Villaume.

“Von Oeyen’s coupling of Ravel’s G major concerto with Gershwin’s rarish Second Rhapsody is welcome, particularly as it is preceded by a barnstorming account of Saint-Saëns’s No 2 in G minor.” Sunday Times, 5th February 2017

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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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GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2015

DG - 4794954

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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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The classic archive™ Collector’s Edition - Piano

The classic archive™ Collector’s Edition - Piano


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Aldo Ciccolini (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Claudio Arrau (piano)

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Chopin:

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Georges Cziffra (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Samson François (piano)

Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31

Georges Cziffra (piano)

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1 (12, complete)

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana

Aldo Ciccolini (piano)

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Georges Cziffra (piano)

Granados:

Allegro de concierto, Op. 46

Aldo Ciccolini (piano)

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Samson François (piano)

Liszt:

Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7)

Aldo Ciccolini (piano)

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 10 'Appassionata'

Georges Cziffra (piano)

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

Emil Gilels (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Byron Janis (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Byron Janis (piano)

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Samson François (piano)

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K11 in C minor

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Schumann:

Papillons, Op. 2

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Claudio Arrau (piano)

Carnaval, Op. 9

Claudio Arrau (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Emil Gilels (piano)


Great performances from legendary artists of the 20th century, the Classic Archive™ Collector’s Edition – PIANO offers unique insights in the world of music interpretation of the golden age.

This second part of the edition is dedicated to some of the most outstanding pianists of the past.

With more than 15 hours of material the edition includes various concerti, recitals, interesting documentaries, some incolour, some in glorious black and white, as well as comprehensive booklet information.

This collector’s edition makes rare classical archive footage from the years 1950-1978 suitable for Blu-ray Disc lovers.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: NTSC 4:3

Sound formats Blu-ray Disc: PCM 2.0 Dual Mono; Dolby Digital 2.0 Dual Mono

Region code: 0

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish

Running time: 945 mins

German FSK: 0

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Ideale Audience International Classic Archive - 3073984

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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

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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

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EuroArts - 2057894

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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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