Maurice Ravel: Textured Melodies

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Maurice Ravel Maurice Ravel (Wikimedia Commons)

On this edition of Reflections from the Keyboard, David Dubal features Maurice Ravel and pianists who achieved critical acclaim playing his music.

When Ravel first took a piano lesson he fell instantaneously in love. Although he never became a virtuosic player, he studied piano intimately.

He began at the Paris conservatory when he was just 14 years old. Relishing in Paris's creative atmosphere, he mingled with artistic greats and poets of the day. By the time he turned 30, he was one of the city's leading composers.  

His technically difficult work comes to life in this episode through performers like Dinu Lipatti, Alfred Cortot and Martha Argerich.

 

Playlist:

Ravel, Maurice: Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte / Sigurd Slåttebrekk

Ravel, Maurice: Jeux d'eau / Alfred Cortot

Ravel, Maurice: Valses nobles et sentimentales; No 1, No 4, No 5 / Philippe Bianconi

Ravel, Maurice: Prelude, Le Tombeau de Couperin / Yuan Sheng

Ravel, Maurice: Gaspard de la nuit: 1st movement, Ondine / Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

Ravel, Maurice: Sonatine for Piano: 1st movement, Modere / Argerich, Martha

Ravel, Maurice: Gaspard de la nuit: 3rd movement, Scarbo / François, Samson

Ravel, Maurice: Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso / Dinu Lipatti

 

Comments [3]

Yvonne from New York City

I loved this program David Dubal, wonderful to hear Ravel one of my most favorite composers. I was introduced
to Ravel by an Art teacher and pianist when I was in Junior High School. She thought I would like his music so she
played parts of Bolero for me and I fell in Love with his music. Often after school I would meet at her apartment
and she would play for me. This was when I first begain my love affair with classical music, listening to her play
and to hear the various selections and your choice of pianist was wonderful. So many good memories…………. Thank You. From a young girl who grew up in Harlem with some of the Best teachers….Thank You also Ms.G Jaffe.

Sep. 19 2013 09:22 PM
Renate Perls from New York

David, I think you have forgotten Ciccolini who was always one of the greatest of French pianists, He is not yet dead as far as I know, although pretty on in years. I never hear you play any of his recordings. Pity.

Best wishes to you...

Renate Perls

Sep. 19 2013 08:58 PM
David

Ravel plays Oiseaux Tristes.

http://youtu.be/jDIAnwjFVVA

Ravel plays Movements 1 and 2 from his Sonatine.

http://youtu.be/zE0kvi-15L4

Sep. 19 2013 12:47 AM

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