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Maurice Ravel – Valses Nobles et Sentimentales – Giovani Umberto Battel


Maurice Ravel – Valses Nobles et Sentimentales – Giovani Umberto Battel

great compositions/performances: Maurice Ravel – Sonatine pour piano: Gabriele Tomasello, piano.


Maurice Ravel – Sonatine pour piano

best classical music , Gustav Holst St.Paul’s Suite for String Orchestra Op.29, No.2, great compositions/performances


 

Published on Oct 18, 2014

Cross Chamber Orchestra(CCO)
Conductor : Jin Daniel Suh

Alexander Glazunov: Symphony #7 “Pastoral” in F Op 77, great compositions/performances


The image of Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdes...

The image of Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky Das Foto von russisch Dirigent Gennadi Nikolajewitsch Roschdestwenski (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alexandr Glazunov – Symphony No. 7 in F major, Op. 77

MAURICE RAVEL: LE TOMBEAU DE COUPERIN – PIERRE BOULEZ & BERLIN PHILARMONIC — 2003


MAURICE RAVEL: LE TOMBEAU DE COUPERIN – PIERRE BOULEZ & BERLIN PHILARMONIC — 2003

Maurice Ravel – Alborada del gracioso


Maurice Ravel – Alborada del gracioso

Historic musical bits: Martha Argerich, Ravel Jeux d’eau , great compositions/performances


Historic musical bits, Mozart Violin Concerto N°4 in D major, K218. David Oistrakh, violin, great compositons/performances


Mozart Violin Concerto N°4 in D major, K 218. David Oistrakh, violin )

Boléro – Maurice Ravel – Münchner Philharmoniker – Sergiu Celibidache (VHS) , great compositions/performances


BoléroMaurice Ravel – Münchner Philharmoniker – Sergiu Celibidache (VHS)

Debussy Complete Preludes (Book 1 and 2)


Debussy Complete Preludes (Book 1 and 2)

Chabrier – Fête polonaise, from the opera “Le Roi malgré lui” (Acte II), great compositions/performances


Chabrier – Fête polonaise, from the opera “Le Roi malgré lui” (Acte II)

Johannes Brahms – Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 & Tragic Overture, Op. 81 Chrissta Ludwig Otto Klamperer the philharmonic orchestra and Chorus, great compositions/performances


Johannes Brahms – Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 & Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3,: great compositions/performances


Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3

Maurice Ravel – Introduction & Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet & String Quartet(1905) : Great compositions/performances|Art by Jean-Léon Gérôme


Maurice Ravel – Introduction & Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet & String Quartet(1905)

Ravel – Daphnis et Chloé, Suite n°2 (Seiji Ozawa),: GREAT COMPOSITIONS/PERFORMANCES


Ravel – Daphnis et Chloé, Suite n°2 (Seiji Ozawa)

Camille Saint-Saëns – Africa, Op. 89, in G minor – Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra: great composirtions/performances


Saint-Saëns Camille
[Charles Camille]
1835-1921

Camille Saint-Saëns – Africa, Op. 89, in G minor – Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra

Maurice Ravel – Valses nobles et sentimentales (Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra): make music part of your life series


Sergei Rachmaninoff -Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: great compositions/performances


Sergei Rachmaninoff –Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Modest Mussorgsky “Pictures at an Exhibition” Celibidache London Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Sergiu Celibidache: great compositions/performances


Modest Mussorgsky “Pictures at an Exhibition” Celibidache London Symphony Orchestra,  conductor: Sergiu Celibidache

Wilhelm Furtwängler “Rapsodie espagnole” Ravel: unique musical moments



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Wilhelm Furtwängler “Rapsodie espagnole” Ravel

Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
1. Prélude à la nuit: Très modéré
2. Malaguena: Assez vif
3. Habanera: Assez lent et d`un rythme las
4. Feria:Assez animé
Wiener Philharmoniker
Wilhelm Furtwängler, conductor
Stuttgart, 22.XI.1951

 

Bedřich Smetana – Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15: make music part of your life series


Emmanuel Chabrier: Le Roi malgré lui – Danse slave [Choeur et scène] (Acte III): make music part of your life series


Emmanuel Chabrier: Le Roi malgré lui – Danse slave [Choeur et scène] (Acte III)

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The “Danse slave” at the beginning of Act III from the comic opera “Le Roi malgré lui” (King in spite of himself) by French composer Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894).

The libretto of this opera is a real mess, as it was written by in collaboration by two mediocre playwrights Emile de Najac and Paul Burani, partially revised by the poet Jean Richepin and later by Chabrier himself after Richepin gave up the work, disgusted. Chabrier called the libretto a “a bouillabaisse of Najac and Burani, cooked by Richepin, into which I throw the spices.” A synopsis of this convoluted opera can be found here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_roi_m…

Nonetheless, the music of “Le roi malgré lui” is truly wonderful. Maurice Ravel wrote that when the opening bars of the Prelude were first played, harmony in French music completely changed course. In this series of videos, I will present selections from the opera. The famous Fête polonaise from the beginning of Act II was already posted on this channel and can be found here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbNhug…

You can follow along with a vocal score here:
http://imslp.org/wiki/Le_Roi_malgr%C3…

Minka: Barbara Hendricks
Alexina: Isabel Garcisanz
Henri: Gino Quilico
Comte de Nangis: Peter Jeffes
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Chœurs de Radio France

make muisc part of your life series: Erik Satie – Gnossienne, 5. Modéré (08)


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Erik Satie – Gnossienne, 5. Modéré (08)

Erik Satie – Gnossienne, 5. Modéré (08)

Daniel Varsano, Philippe Entremont – Erik Satie: Piano Works

Flashmob – Bolero de Ravel na Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brasil, Conservatoire de Paris, GURI & EMESP


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Flashmob – Bolero de Ravel na Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brasil, Conservatoire de Paris, GURI & EMESP

Project of Marine Gandon, Ghislain Roffat & Pierre-Olivier Schmitt

During three weeks, between August and September of 2013, musicians of the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP) were in Sao Paulo for pedagogical activities with teachers and students of Tom Jobim EMESP and Guri. The exchange is the result of a partnership between the Santa Marcelina Cultura and the prestigious french Institution. One of the results of the project was the execution of Ravel’s Bolero in the shape of a flashmob, at the Pinacoteca do Estado, on 14th September.

Durante três semanas, entre agosto e setembro de 2013, músicos do Conservatório de Paris estiveram em São Paulo para atividades pedagógicas com professores e alunos da EMESP Tom Jobim e do Guri. O intercâmbio é fruto de parceria entre a Santa Marcelina Cultura e a prestigiada instituição francesa. Como um dos resultados deste intercâmbio, surgiu o flashmob Bolero de Ravel na Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo.

great compositions/performances: S. Ozawa Conucts Pavane pour une Infante Defunte (Ravel)


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S. Ozawa Conucts Pavane pour une Infante Defunte (Ravel)

Maurice Ravel:

Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte,
(Pavane for a Dead Princess), Orchestral Version composed by Ravel in 1910.

Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra

great compositions/performances: Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition ( Full ) – BPO / Karajan*


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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition ( Full ) – BPO / Karajan*

Herbert Von Karajan for PIFAL

Herbert Von Karajan for PIFAL (Photo credit: Arturo Espinosa)

With the original survived pictures of Hartmann and others

make music part of your life series: Maurice Ravel – Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose)


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Maurice RavelMa Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose)

A picture by Gustave Doré of Mother Goose read...

A picture by Gustave Doré of Mother Goose reading written (literary) fairy tales (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Symphony Orchestra of the Liszt School Of Music, conducted by Prof. Nicolás Pasquet, plays Maurice Ravel’s “Ma Mère l’Oye” (Mother Goose), originally composed as a piano duet for 2 children, later transformed into a solo piano piece, then orchestrated and finally transformed into a ballet. Our Symphony Orchestra plays the Orchestra Version, which consists of 5 parts:

I. Pavane de la belle au bois dormant
Pavane of Sleeping Beauty

II. Petit Poucet
Little Tom Thumb / Hop o’ My Thumb

III. Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes
Little Ugly Girl, Empress of the Pagodas

IV. Les entretiens de la belle et de la bête
Conversation of Beauty and the Beast

V. Le jardin féerique
The Fairy Garden

The Concert took place at the Neue Weimarhalle on December 8th, 2011

make music part of your life series: Jules Massenet – Le Cid – Ouverture


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Jules MassenetLe Cid – Ouverture
Work: Le Cid, opéra in four acts, first performance 30 November 1885, Opéra, Paris.
***Libretto: Adolphe Philippe d’Ennery/Louis***

***Gallet/Edouard Blau after Pierre Corneille***
Ouverture
***Orchestra: Opera Orchestra of New York***
***Conductor: Eve Queler***

 

 

make music part of your life series: Antonin Dvorak “Prague waltzes”


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Antonin DvorakPrague waltzes

make music part of your life series -_-Antonin Dvorak -_ -Prague waltzes

make music part of your life series -_-Antonin Dvorak -_ -Prague waltzes

 

historic musical momants: Ravel plays Ravel – Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (1913 Welte Mignon Recording)


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Ravel plays Ravel – Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (1913 Welte Mignon Recording)

An excellent reproduction of Ravel’s 1913 Welte Mignon reproducing piano recording. This recording is free of the tempo hiccups and pedaling errors which hackneyed previous releases. The mechanism of the Welte Mignon reproducing piano system is not fully understood, as the inner workings of the units were a heavily guarded secret. There are no known Welte Mignon recording units still in existence. There were very few to begin with, and all were either dismantled or destroyed during World War II.

Special thanks to Professor Anatole Leikin of the University of California, Santa Cruz for recommending this fantastic recording and taking time to answer my questions about reproducing pianos. Be sure to pick up Professor Leikin’s fantastic new book, “The Performing Style of Alexander Scriabin” in which he explores the nuances of this unique composer’s performing style in the broader context of Romantic performance practice. Follow the link below to purchase this wonderful book!

Link to book:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Performing-…

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make music part of your life series: Philippe Gaubert : Divertissement Grec pour Deux Flûtes avec Accompagnement de Piano


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Philippe Gaubert : Divertissement Grec pour Deux Flûtes avec Accompagnement de Piano

Philippe Gaubert(1879-1941) : Divertissement Grec pour Deux Flûtes avec Accompagnement de Piano. / Keiji Katsumata, Fl.1st ; Tetsuo Kugai, Fl.2nd ; Mariko Kaneda, Piano
“Concert Salon de musique des raisins secs”
12 Aug. 2011, The Luteran Ichigaya Center, Tokyo
「第4回レーズン派の音楽館演奏会」~フィリップ・ゴーベール : 2本のフルートとピアノの為のギリシャ風嬉遊曲 /
勝俣敬二(fl)、陸井鉄男(fl)、金田真理子(Pf)
2011年8月12日、ルーテル市ヶ谷センター(東京)

Philippe Gaubert

Cover of Philippe Gaubert

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Philippe Gaubert (5 July 1879 – 8 July 1941) was a French musician who was a distinguished performer on the flute, a respected conductor, and a composer, primarily for the flute.

Gaubert was born in Cahors in Southwest France. He became one of the most prominent French musicians between the two World Wars. After a prominent career as a flautist with the Paris Opéra, he was appointed in 1919, at the age of forty, to three positions that placed him at the very center of French musical life:

In 1907 he participated in the first performance of Maurice Ravel‘s Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet. Among his recordings as conductor, one that he made of Franck‘s Symphony in D Minor (with the Conservatoire forces) is particularly notable.

Gaubert’s compositions are by no means especially innovative, but his work benefited from the examples of Franck, Ravel, and Debussy. Naïla, his opera in three acts, premiered at the Paris Opéra on 7 April 1927. Three of his ballets had their first performances at that venue, as well.

During 1941, Gaubert died of a stroke while in the French capital. His friend, the journalist Jean Bouzerand, convinced the town of Cahors to create a public garden named in his honor near the river Lot in the late 1930s. When Gaubert was still alive, Albert Roussel dedicated the movement ‘Monsieur de la Péjaudie’ in his piece ‘Joueurs de Flûte‘ to him.

Selected works

Chamber music
  • 3 Aquarelles, for flute, cello and piano
  • Ballade, for flute and piano
  • Ballade for viola and piano (1938)
  • Berceuse, for flute and piano
  • Cantabile et Scherzetto, for cornet and piano (1909)
  • Divertissement Grec, for 2 flutes and harp
  • 2 Esquisses, for flute and piano
  • Fantaisie for clarinet & piano
  • Fantaisie, for flute and piano
  • Gavotte en rondeau (after Lully’s Les ballets du roi), for flute and piano
  • Madrigal, for flute and piano
  • Morceau Symphonique, for trombone and piano
  • Médailles antiques, for flute, violin and piano
  • Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando, for flute and piano
  • Pièce Romantique, for flute, cello, and piano
  • Romance, for flute and piano (1905)
  • Romance, for flute and piano (1908)
  • Siciliene, for flute and piano
  • Sonata for Flute and Piano, No.1
  • Sonata for Flute and Piano, No.2
  • Sonata for Flute and Piano, No.3
  • Sonatine, for flute and piano
  • Suite, for flute and piano
  • Sur l’eau, for flute and piano
  • Tarantelle, for flute, oboe and piano
  • Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando for flute & piano
Vocal
  • Soir paien, for voice, flute and piano
  • Vocalise in form of Barcarolle, for voice and piano
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GREAT COMPOSITIONS/PERFORMANCES: Boléro – Maurice Ravel – Münchner Philharmoniker – Sergiu Celibidache


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BoléroMaurice Ravel – Münchner Philharmoniker – Sergiu Celibidache

Sergiu Celibidache dirigiert die Münchner Philharmoniker; Maurice Ravel: Boléro

Inhaltsangabe der TV-Zeitschrift “Gong“:
Anläßlich des Geburtstages von Sergiu Celibidache am 28. Juni zeigt das ZDF eine Aufzeichnung des glanzvollen Interpretation von Maurice Ravels “Bolero” von 1983.

(VHS-Mitschnitt, ZDF, 1987)

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MAKE MUSIC PART OF YOUR LIFE SERIES: Maurice Ravel – Suite Ma mère l’Oye / Mother Goose Suite


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Maurice Ravel – Suite Ma mère l’Oye / Mother Goose Suite

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), France

– Suite Ma mère l’Oye / Mother Goose Suite

I. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant / Pavane of Sleeping Beauty [1:44]
II. Petit Poucet / Little Tom Thumb [3:24]
III. Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes / Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas [3:41]
IV. Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête / The Conversation of Beauty and the Beast [4:27]
V. Le Jardin féerique / The Fairy Garden [4:07]

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sian Edwards

 

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Maurice Ravel – Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, I-V



Valses nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra) (1911)

I. Modéré
II. Assez lent
III. Modéré
IV. Assez animé
V. Presque lent
VI. Assez vif
VII. Moins vif
VIII. Epilogue: Lent

Philharmonia Slavonica
H. Adolph

Maurice Ravel could be slightly obsessive in the way he allowed certain musical interests to reappear throughout his compositions. Two such interests were dance and the past, and in Valses nobles et sentimentales one can hear how Ravel was able to effectively fuse these two curiosities together. While Le Tombeau de Couperin was inspired by the eighteenth century, the Valses was oriented toward the nineteenth century. Written out of homage to Schubert’s piano piece of the same name, the composer declared that the work’s title, “indicates clearly enough my intention of composing a chain of waltzes following the example of Schubert. The virtuoso element that was the basis of Gaspard de la nuit is here replaced by a writing of greater clarity, which has the effect of sharpening the harmony as well as the outline of the music.” Ravel achieved his goal of clarity, as the waltzes were written using intense precision, sophistication, and technical flawlessness. 

Valses nobles et sentimentales contains eight waltzes presented in the following order: Modéré, Assez lent, Modéré, Assez animé, Presque lent, Assez vif, Moins vif, and the Epilogue. Originally written for solo piano, the waltzes stimulate but do not disturb, while displaying different aspects of Ravel’s imagination including pride, tenderness, and sentiment. The work was dedicated to Louis Aubert and it was he who gave the first performance on May 9, 1911, at a concert held by the Société Musicale Indépendante, where Schubert’s piece of the same name was also premiered. As a little game, the composers’ names were withheld, leaving the audience to guess who had written each piece. Audience suggestions included Eric Satie, Zoltán Kodály, and even a correct answer from Debussy, whose ears could not be fooled by the identifiable quality he appreciated. Even though several of Ravel’s friends confessed their dislike, others claimed to be strongly drawn to the piece. Tristan Klingsor commented that he was one among several who, “were immediately seduced by the music, and yet he had taken a lot of risks, at least for the period….He had taken the use of unresolved dissonances to its furthest point. What we now find very piquant was extremely daring at the time. The first bars of the Valses seemed quite extraordinary. Then, since there was nothing there that was not well thought-out, the ear quickly grew to enjoy these pseudo-‘wrong notes,’ and a glance at the score revealed that they had a proper harmonic justification.” 

As with Ma mère l’oye Ravel allowed only himself to alter Valses nobles et sentimentales through orchestration. He adapted the waltzes for the ballet Adélaïde ou Le langage des fleurs, for a performance by the troupe of Natasha Trouhanova, and it was premiered as an orchestral work on April 22, 1912, at the Théâtre du Châtelet. Some say that the ironic overtones of the Valses foreshadow the superb choreographic poem La Valse while confirming to audiences that dissonance was indeed an essential element of his musical style. [Allmusic.com]

Art by Antoine Blanchard

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Great Compositions/Performances: Pogorelich plays Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit (Ondine – Le Gibet – Scarbo)



Gaspard de la nuit: Trois poèmes pour piano d’après Aloysius Bertrand (1908)

I. Ondine [0:00]
II. Le Gibet [7:36]
III. Scarbo [14:28]

A work for solo piano by French composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), based on poetry by the French proto-Symbolist Aloysius Bertrand (1807-1841). The first movement “Ondine” evokes the ethereal realm of the title water-fairy who lures hapless men into her magical lake. The second movement (“Le Gibet”) depicts a different vision: “It is a bell tinting at the walls of a city under the horizon and the carcass of a hanged man reddened by the setting sun.” The third movement “Scarbo” depicts a fiendish creature – perhaps a scarab beetle-like imp – scampering and twirling underneath the bed of the frightened observer. This movement is notorious for its incredible difficulty, since Ravel intended it to surpass Balakirev’s Islamey in technical terms.

The piece is performed by the famous Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelich.

The text of Bertrand’s poems with English translation is available here:
https://sites.google.com/site/musican…

 

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Brilliant Compositions: Ravel’s Empress of the Pagodas – Christopher Parkening



This is Ravel‘s “Empress of the Pagodas” played by Christopher Parkening from the great CD: “The Artistry of Christopher Parkening”. Many thanks to ‘Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society‘ for graciously allowing this amazing recording to be shared world wide!

From wikipedia:

 

Soirée donnée par Éva Gauthier pour l'annivers...

 

“Ravel originally wrote Ma mère l’oye as a piano duet for the Godebski children, Mimi and Jean, ages 6 and 7. Ravel dedicated this work for four hands to the children (just as he had dedicated an earlier work, Sonatine to their parents). Jeanne Leleu and Geneviève Durony premiered the work.”

“The Green Serpent (a green dragon, known as

 

Dragon Green

 

Serpentin Vert in French), is a French fairy tale written by Marie Catherine d’Aulnoy, popular in its day and representative of European folklore, that was published in her book New Tales, or Fairies in Fashion (Contes Nouveaux ou Les Fées à la Mode), in 1698. The serpent is representative of a European dragon. His description is: “he has green wings, a many-coloured body, ivory jaws, fiery eyes, and long, bristling hair.”

The Green Dragon is really a handsome king placed under a spell for seven years by Magotine a wicked fairy. In many ways the tale is based on the story of Eros and Psyche, to which the narration pays conscious homage when referring to the “discovery” of the Green Dragon.”

 

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Music composed by Joseph-Maurice Ravel. Charles Dutoit; Montreal Symphony Orchestra.


Music composed by Joseph-Maurice Ravel. Charles Dutoit; Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
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Great Compositions/Performances: Leonard Bernstein interprets Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G


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Great Compositions/Performances: Leonard Bernstein interprets Maurice Ravel‘s Piano Concerto in G

 

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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Enrica Ciccarelli : Chopin Ballade G minor



Enrica Ciccarelli : Chopin Ballade G minor

 

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Fabulous Composers/Compositions: Aram Khachaturian:Masquerade Suite



Khachaturina:Masquerade Suite(Waltz/Nocturne/Mazurka/Romance/Gal­op)
The Japan Sinfonia cond.by Hisayoshi Inoue
2010/05/09/Daiichi-Seimei Hall,Tokyo

 

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Maurice Ravel – Introduction & Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet & String Quartet



Introduction & Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet & string quartet (1905)

Stuttgart Chamber Music Ensemble

The Introduction and Allegro (1905) is one of the few pieces by Ravel that has remained more or less in the shadows — save in the minds of harpists — throughout the last century. While it is certainly not among the composer’s most striking works, it is nevertheless a pleasant enough showpiece that looks forward to the raw sensuality of Daphnis et Chloé while hearkening back with great affection to the music of Chabrier and, especially, Franck. The full title of the work is Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Accompanied by a Quartet of Strings, Flute, and Clarinet. Although it is often conveniently designated a septet, it is really a kind of miniature (10-minute) harp concerto, complete with virtuoso writing and an extended central cadenza for the instrument. Chamber performances of the work, in fact, are few and far between; it is far more frequently heard in the orchestra hall with a full complement of strings. The general simplicity of form and harmony have led some to conclude that the Introduction and Allegro might have originally been composed as a test piece for the Paris Conservatoire; certainly it did not stand out sufficiently in Ravel’s own memory for him to include it in his list of works. 

The brief Très lent introduction presents two themes, the first for the woodwinds in leaping parallel thirds, the second an inverted-arch-shaped gesture sung by the strings in octaves. Presently a shimmering texture of arpeggios and woodwind double-tonguing takes over, inviting the cello to explore another melody before the harp rejoins the lush musical fabric. 

Twenty-six bars into the piece the Allegro commences. Now, as the harp makes an extended solo exploration of the melody presented earlier by the strings, a sonata form begins to take shape. A second, hemiola-ridden theme arrives in the woodwinds, accompanied pizzicato by the strings. The development of this material takes place in the usual fragmentary manner, building to an excited fff climax that breaks away abruptly as the harp assumes center stage with a cadenza. The recapitulation is quite straightforward, and the work ends without extensive fireworks or bombast of any kind. The Introduction and Allegro was first performed in late February 1907. [allmusic.com]

Art by Jean-Léon Gérôme

 

Fabulous Composers/Compositions: Maurice Ravel – Shéhérazade, ouverture de féerie



Maurice Ravel – Shéhérazade, ouverture de féerie:

“Shéhérazade, ouverture de féerie”, written in 1898 but unpublished, is a work for orchestra by the french composer Maurice Ravel, intended as the overture for an opera of the same name. It was first performed at a concert of the Société Nationale on 27 May 1899, conducted by the composer.

Conductor: Claudio Abbado & London Symphony Orchestra.

 

Fabulous Composers/ compositionsMaurice Ravel / Pavane for a Dead Princess



Inspired by the tragic shooting of nine year old Christina-Taylor Green on January 8, 2011, who was killed among six others during the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. This Spadecaller video presents observations on the subject of grief featuring the art and photography of Matthew Schwartz with composer – Maurice Ravel‘s musical composition, Pavane for a Dead Princess.

 

Ravel: Miroirs III. Une Barque sur L’Ocean (André Laplante)



Definitely the best version of this piece I’ve ever heard. Canadian pianist André Laplante is an amazing artist, and his Ravel is phenomenal.

Fabulous Performances: George Szell conducts Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe: Suite No. 2



George Szell conducts the Cleveland Orchestra

 

Maurice Ravel – Shéhérazade, ouverture de féerie



Shéhérazade, ouverture de féerie”, written in 1898 but unpublished, is a work for orchestra by the french composer Maurice Ravel, intended as the overture for an opera of the same name. It was first performed at a concert of the Société Nationale on 27 May 1899, conducted by the composer.

Conductor: Claudio Abbado & London Symphony Orchestra.

 

Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G (Leonard Bernstein)



Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G (Leonard Bernstein)

 

Daphnis et Chloé – Ravel – Dutoit



Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)

Daphnis et Chloé (1909 – 1912)
Ballet in three parts

Montreál Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Charles Dutoit

From Wikipedia: 

Daphnis et Chloé is a ballet with music by Maurice Ravel. Ravel described it as a “symphonie choréographique” (choreographic symphony). The scenario was adapted by Michel Fokine from an eponymous romance by the Greek writer Longus thought to date from around the 2nd century AD. Scott Goddard published a contemporary commentary that discussed the changes to the story that Fokine made to prepare a workable ballet scenario.[1] The story concerns the love between the goatherd Daphnis and the shepherdess Chloé. The ballet is in one act and three scenes.

Ravel began work on the score in 1909 after a commission from Sergei Diaghilev. It was premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris by his Ballets Russes on June 8, 1912. The orchestra was conducted by Pierre Monteux, thechoreography was by Michel Fokine, and Vaslav Nijinsky and Tamara Karsavina danced the parts of Daphnis and Chloe. Léon Bakst designed the original sets.

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Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G (Leonard Bernstein)


Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G (Leonard Bernstein)