more favourite 20th century classical pieces - Ravel Piano Concerto, slow movement

Ashley Chan's picture
Submitted by Ashley Chan on Sat, 2007-11-03 08:11

Just found a Ravel CD I thought I'd lost (his most famous piece being the Bolero used by Torville adn Dean in the Sarajevo Winter Olympics). I have to say that the 2nd movement (Adagio assai) of his Piano Concerto [not the one for the left hand, the one for both hands) is absolutely have to hear it to believe it. [Note the other movements in the concerto are too non-melodic for my taste, even though I do "get" what Ravel is going on about.]

The CD I have is very very very very scratchy, but does have Ravel conducting Balero (it is claimed) and Marguerite Long (his favourite interpretor and a pupil of Debussy) playing the Piano Concerto again with Ravel supposedly conducting.
[Pearl GEMM CD 9927]
Anyone got a better sounding but just as musical version, or a cleaned up version of the Long performance?

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Link7881's picture

Hey I have never heard of this. But Michael Angeli's piece was really great! Made my spirit alive!

Ah yes, the Adagio assai

Chris Cathcart's picture

My favorite piece of music from Ravel. What, no one else here even bothered to comment?

Martha Argerich playing:

Goshdarnit, the YouTube link with Argerich I was using to link from my favorites page was removed by the user. Here's another pianist, Michelangeli, performing it.

So sweet, so tender . . .

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