Maurice Ravel, Parisian Night Owl

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Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel’s secret to composing piano music was innovation and observation, using the resources of the modern piano to its full potential. His first piano lesson was at age seven, and he entered the Paris conservatory when he was just 14 years old. However, Ravel never stopped being a student. He relished in Paris's creative atmosphere, especially at nighttime, using this as major inspiration in his work.

Ravel’s music is brought to life in this episode through Emil Gilels, Martha Argerich and Arturo Benedetti Michaelangeli, among others.

Program playlist (all by Maurice Ravel):

Sonatine: 3. Animé
Martha Argerich
Philips

Pavane for a Dead Princess
Angela Hewitt
Hyperion

Le Tombeau de Couperin: Toccata
Emil Gilels
Philips

Noctuelle
Jacques Fevrier
Naxos

Gaspard de la nuit: 2. le gibet
Walter Gieseking
Philips

Piano Concerto in G: 2. Adagio assai
Arturo Benedetti Michaelangeli

Une Bargue sur l'Océan
Leonard Pennario
MSR

Piano Concerto in G: 3. Presto
Krystian Zimeran; Pierre Boulez
Deutsche Grammophon