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Ravel: Piano Concertos, Gaspard de la Nuit / Francois


Release Date: 01/12/1999 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 66957   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A classic from EMI's vaults: the legendary Samson François' brilliant renditions of key works by Ravel, conducted by one of the preeminent Ravel conductors of the century, Andre Cluytens. The opening movement of the Piano Concerto in G can best be described as beautiful noise, a raucous whirlwind of orchestration and a pyrotechnic piano part that incorporates Ravel's love of jazz. The central Adagio assai, dominated by a gently rocking piano line, serves as a leisurely reprieve before the final Presto which revisits the temperament of the opening movement.
The Concerto for Left Hand is a no less brilliant work but one with a darker cast: it opens with some subterranean murmurings from the wind section which soon gives way to a
Read more sun-burst blast of the full orchestra. François' decisive and declamatory entry sets the tone for this short but rich and serious work. Ravel's solo piano masterpiece, 'Gaspard de la nuit,' is given a somewhat reserved reading by François who seems to be more intrigued more by the work's ruminative aspects than by its skittery and glittering surface. A fascinating reading and one that deserves a special status amidst the many recordings of this 20th century classic. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1959 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 20 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2.
Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1967 
Venue:  de l'Alcazar Hall, Monte Carlo, Monaco 
Length: 22 Minutes 1 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano left hand in D major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1930; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1959 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 18 Minutes 19 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G major (1997 Digital Remaster): First movement: Allegramente
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G major (1997 Digital Remaster): Second movement: Adagio assai
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G major (1997 Digital Remaster): Third movement: Presto
Concerto for Piano (the Left-Hand) and Orchestra (1997 Digital Remaster)
Gaspard de la nuit (after Aloysius Bertrand) (1997 Digital Remaster): Ondine
Gaspard de la nuit (after Aloysius Bertrand) (1997 Digital Remaster): Le gibet
Gaspard de la nuit (after Aloysius Bertrand) (1997 Digital Remaster): Scarbo

Customer Reviews

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 piano lovers basic May 23, 2013 By nick b. (Garland, TX) See All My Reviews "This recording is excellent, in particular the Concerto for the Left Hand. Every piano enthusiast needs this in their collection." Report Abuse
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