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Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

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July 12, 2021

In 1930, Maurice Ravel wrote a special concerto for Paul Wittgenstein, a pianist who had lost his right arm in the First World War. On this episode of Performance Today, we'll hear a performance of Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, from a concert in Round Top, Texas.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Valerie Coleman: Concerto for Wind Quintet: Movement 1: Afro
Imani Winds
Album: The Classical Underground
Koch International Classics

Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major
Francois Dumont, piano
Texas Festival Orchestra | Ransom Wilson, conductor
Round Top Festival Institute, Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX

Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for two violins Op. 56
Nikki & Timothy Chooi, violins
Lake George Music Festival, Zankel hall, Skidmore College, Saratoga Spring, NY

Ruth Crawford Seeger: Suite for Wind Quintet
Imani Winds
UChicago Presents, Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Hour 2

Carlos Salzedo: Bolero and Rumba
Yolanda Kondonassis, harp
Album: Salzedo's Harp
Telarc 80691

Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dances for Piano, Four Hands
Michael Brown, piano | Wu Han, piano
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center / CMSLC, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, UGA Performing Arts Center, Athens, GA

Enrique Crespo: Vals Peruano
Canadian Brass
Rockport Music, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA

Jennifer Higdon: Harp Concerto
Yolanda Kondonassis, harp
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra | Ward Stare, conductor
Album: American Rapture
Azica 71327