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Ravel: The Piano Concertos; Valses nobles et sentimentales


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listen  1. Ravel: Piano Concerto In G, M. 83 - 1. AllegramenteThe Cleveland Orchestra 8:46Album Only
listen  2. Ravel: Piano Concerto In G, M. 83 - 2. Adagio assaiThe Cleveland Orchestra 9:22Album Only
listen  3. Ravel: Piano Concerto In G, M. 83 - 3. PrestoThe Cleveland Orchestra 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61 - 1. Modéré - très francThe Cleveland Orchestra 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61 - 2. Assez lent - avec une expression intenseThe Cleveland Orchestra 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61 - 3. ModéréThe Cleveland Orchestra 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61 - 4. Assez animéThe Cleveland Orchestra 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61 - 5. Presque lent - dans un sentiment intimeThe Cleveland Orchestra 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61 - 6. Assez vifThe Cleveland Orchestra0:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61 - 7. Moins vifThe Cleveland Orchestra 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61 - 8. Epilogue (Lent)The Cleveland Orchestra 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ravel: Piano Concerto For The Left Hand In D, M. 82London Symphony Orchestra18:15Album Only

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Product Details

  • Performer: Krystian Zimerman
  • Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Composer: Maurice Ravel
  • Audio CD (February 9, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000009MF7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It is almost unbelievable how well this is played.
Craig Matteson
In conclusion I would suggest that this disc deserves very serious consideration as a potential purchase especially from those interested in the two concertos.
I. Giles
The recording itself is beautiful and spacious - clear and warm.
Darwin, Charles Darwin

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This disc was awarded the Concerto award in this year's Gramophone Awards. It's not so hard to hear why. This is an outstanding collaboration between Boulez, Zimerman, and the London and Cleveland orchestras. Boulez's clarity helps, as always, as the outer sections of the Left Hand Concerto demonstrate. Zimerman's fiery realization of the solo parts of both concerti is amazing -- the finale of the G major is almost dizzying in its liveliness, and the big cadenza in the end of the Left Hand Concerto is played in the grand manner (without shallow grandiosity). The slow movement of the G major is atmospheric, and Boulez, as expected, heightens the effect of Ravel's colours. This is a great disc, outclassing the competition for the Ravel concerti. For once, the Hype is Right.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the finest collaborations I've heard with a soloist, conductor and two orchestras of the first rank. Zimerman sparkles in both concerti, giving fiery, lively performances that are emotionally and technically dazzling. His dramatic, lyrical playing of the Concerto for Left Hand in D Major is worth the price of the CD alone. Yet it is shared with a commanding performance of Ravel's Concerto in G Major. Boulez is an ideal accompanist, revealing the rich emotional depth of Ravel's scores with clinical precision, without intruding on Zimerman's spellbinding playing. Under Boulez's brisk direction, both the Cleveland and London Symphony orchestras give warm, vibrant performances. Of course Deutsche Grammophon's sound quality is exceptional. Those looking for a definitive collection of Ravel's piano concerti won't be disappointed.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit that I came to this disk with some lack of enthusiasm. First, Boulez can seem a bit to controlled and cold for my tastes at times (but lately he is changing my mind!) and though Zimmerman is a magnificent pianist, the G major concerto and the Concerto for the Left Hand is not often really played well. I was after the orchestrations of the Valses nobles et sentimentales.
Well, the performance of the G major concerto won me over enough to listen a few more times. I have to admit that I have become hooked on it and have come to understand why this is such a favorite. It really is a wonderful composition.
The pieces I was after - the Valeses nobles et sentimentales - are exquisite and played here with utter beauty. A joy to listen to over and over again. Even if I still REALLY love the version for solo piano (being a prejudiced pianist).
The complete stunner on this disk is the Concerto for the Left Hand. It is almost unbelievable how well this is played. Even with the score right in front of you as you follow along you can't believe this is actually being pulled off so cleanly and with such a thoroughgoing conception. I can't help imagining cheers and waves of applause every time I hear this performance. This disk is another treasure in my collection.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Klayman on September 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have adored the 2 Ravel Piano Concerti since high school and I have heard every existing recording of these masterpieces. Nothing compares to the interepretations of Zimmerman, especially in the Left Hand Concerto. The opening solo cadenza is truly breathtaking and accomplishes what Ravel intended--that the absence of the right hand would not diminish in the least, the virtuosity of the piano part. Zimmerman has an uncanny ability to bring rhythmic flexibility and freshness in every measure and the concluding cadenza has never been played with such power and moving commitment to Ravel's score. I adore Alicia de Larrocha's recording but Zimmerman easily takes the first prize. Pierre Boulez' conducting is always impassioned and thrilling. A must for any lover or Ravel and the piano.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Simon Barrow on June 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Ravel's Piano Concerto in G was the work that convinced me to start taking a serious interest in jazz. I don't know whether it has had anything like the same effect on the tonally ascetic Pierre Boulez, but we should all be genuinely grateful for his masterful guidance of the Cleveland Orchestra on this wonderful recording. Rich and detailed, the orchestral sound ideally complements the striking sensitivity of Krystian Zimerman's performance. (Boulez feels this work in his bones, a fact which leaves you sensing that he is suppressing an unexpected dimension to his musical personality in some of the more ideological postures he strikes on twentieth century music.)
As ever, the approach of the soloist is critical. Zimerman makes his initial allegro attack with aplomb, and he pulls off the concluding, dynamic presto with equal attitude. But is in the heart-wrenching adagio, around which the whole work revolves, that he is at his strongest. While not technically exhausting, this is a difficult movement to perform to its full potential. But Zimerman's timing, leaning off the elusive beat to exactly the right degree, is magnificent.
The eight Valses are a charming distraction (no disparagement intended) upon which the Cleveland is able to shimmer and shine. They clean the palette for the dark, pounding feast that is the Concerto for Left Hand.
This is not my favourite recording of the Left Hand Concerto, but it comes pretty close. What it lacks in menace it makes up for in exquisite detail and panoramic scope. And quibbles aside, this surely amounts to a definitive recording of these three great works.
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