WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Gershwin: Concerto In F; Ravel / De Billy, Roge, Rso Wien


Release Date: 02/08/2005 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 601   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George GershwinMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Pascal Rogé
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  
SuperAudio CD:  $19.99
In Stock



Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Here's a disc whose breathtaking sonic detail and attractive, roomy ambience make a cogent case for investing in SACD surround-sound hardware, although it sounds perfectly fine and vivid enough via standard stereo two-channel playback. Regarding the performance, pianist Pascal Rogé here surpasses his early-1980s Ravel Concerto recording under Charles Dutoit. He makes more of the first movement's lyrical, unaccompanied episodes, yet never overindulges, and he treats the central slow movement like a song rather than a dirge, with tasteful droplets of rubato. The finale's busy fingerwork appears to fly off the printed page through
Read more Rogé's incisive articulation and biting accents. Just listen to his dazzling repeated notes here and in the finale of Gershwin's concerto. The latter also finds Rogé in dapper fettle and fully attuned to the composer's syncopated swagger.

Bertrand de Billy elicits alert and translucent playing from the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, aside from thin, undifferentiated string tone and some less than idiomatic first-desk solo work in the Gershwin. While these performances won't make you forget the above-mentioned reference versions, nor recent contenders of equal stature (like Grimaud's Gershwin and Moravec's Ravel), their combined sonic and interpretive assets add up to a pleasurable and memorable listening experience.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in F major by George Gershwin
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
2.
Concerto for Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; France 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN - TRY IT FREE!
Listen to all your favorite classical music for only $20/month.
Sign up for your monthly subscription service and get unlimited access to the most comprehensive digital catalog of classical music in the world - new releases. bestsellers, advanced releases and more.
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In