Saturday, January 30, 2016

Andrei Gavrilov Plays Maurice Ravel

If Gaspard de la Nuit is his solo piano masterpiece, the Concerto for the Left Hand of 1929-30 is the more impressive of his two concertos. This unusal commission came from Paul Wittgenstein, a Viennese pianist who had lost his right arm during World War I and who sought further such works from other composers of the period. In one continuous movement that divides into four sections, it rises from the orchestra's sombre depths with the main idea announced by contrabassoon accompanied by double basses. The second motive appears on the horns, and these are worked to a climax resulting in the piano's entry with a more heroic version of this second theme. The orchestra reaffirms the initial theme but the soloist responds with a new melody, full of regret, or premonition. Yet this does not last long, for the opening theme again returns, giving way to a section in an ambiguous major/minor tonality. Now follows a kind of devil's dance parodying the first theme and marked by vehement spurts of descending chords from both keyboard and trumpets, owing much to the rhythms of jazz. The heroic version of the second theme reappears but is interrupted by a new, almost oriental idea based on a five-note scale ; simplicity asserts itself amid Ravel's complex process. In the end, too, the orchestral turmoil itself is banished as, in a solo cadenza, the piano summarises the experiences of the whole score.
© Max Harrison 1985, from the booklet

Andrei Gavrilov
Maurice Ravel


Piano Concert in D Major, for the Left Hand
1 Lento  8:08
2 Allegro  4:45
3 Lento  4:53

4 Pavane pour une Infante Défunte  6:17

Gaspard de la nuit
5 I. Ondine  6:33
6 II. Le Gibet  5:21
7 III. Scarbo  9:10


Andrei Gavrilov - p
London Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle - dir.

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London ; July 1977


Melanchthon said...

woland said...

Thank you. Your classical music posts are always worth listening. I really like Andrei Gavrilov, and listening to some of his discs makes me remember the quarrels with my former piano teacher, who really loathed his playing. So sad that most of his albums are out of print nowadays.

theblueamos said...

I never saw this one,looks wonderful.Thank you very much from Jerusalem.

jserraglio said...

many thanks.

Unknown said...

May I please ask for a reupload?


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