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Ravel: Ma Mere L'oye, Piano Concerto For The Left Hand; Debussy / Giulini

Ravel / Debussy / Block / Bpo / Giulini
Release Date: 04/13/2010 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1434   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Michel Block
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Giulini conducted three memorable concerts devoted entirely to French music: Ma mère l'oye (Mother Goose Suite) and the Concerto for the left hand by Ravel, and after the interval La Mer - a clever choice of programme. "Apparently Giulini's approach to any work that he conducts is somewhat reticent - full of profound awe and humble devotion. He makes no fuss whatever.' Klaus Geitel wrote in Die Welt, 10 January 1978: "The care with which Ravel composed Ma mère l'oye was highlighted by Giulini's careful interpretation. He feels his way thoughtfully through the sections, the music arrives as though on tiptoe, lest the Sleeping Beauty be awakened... Musical miniatures, full of delicate cross references, solemn Read more sophistication, weightless yet significant. Giulini displayed it as though under a magnifying glass: a close-up of small things, every detail clearly brought out." Klaus Geitel Wolfgang Burde, the critic of the Tagesspiege wrote... 'Michel Block coped brilliantly with all the technical and interpretative problems of Ravel's Piano Concerto for the left hand, hand, missing none of the punchlines while preserving the transparent delicacy of Ravel's texture.' Read less

Works on This Recording

1. La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
Length: 26 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2. Ma mère l'oye by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Length: 19 Minutes 55 Secs. 
3. Concerto for Piano left hand in D major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Michel Block (Piano)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1930; France 
Length: 18 Minutes 59 Secs. 

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