Maurice Ravel, Parisian Night Owl

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Maurice Ravel Maurice Ravel (Wikimedia Commons)

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

Pavane for a Dead Princess
Angela Hewitt

Le Tombeau de Couperin: Toccata
Emil Gilels

Jacques Fevrier

Gaspard de la nuit: 2. le gibet
Walter Gieseking

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

Une Bargue sur l'Océan
Leonard Pennario

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

Comments [1]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

MAURICE RAVEL was like Chopin, Mozart and Schubert a precocious genius who despite health problems managed to achieve great heights in all the formats he chose to compose. Like Rimsky-Korsakoff he has tremendously enriched what we once knew of the orchestral fabric to technicolor quality richness and melodic imagination rivaling Tschaikovky. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, opera composer and teach voice, composing and conducting and coach actors in all the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers in all the Wagner roles.

Oct. 30 2014 08:25 AM

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