Poster Maurice Ravel at the piano, 1912
Maurice Ravel at the piano, 1912
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Ravel's reboot

Performance Today - February 5, 2024

Sometimes the original is great, but the reboot is even better. Maurice Ravel wrote a stunning piece for solo piano, but it went from black and white to technicolor in his later version for full orchestra. We'll hear Ravel's Alborada del gracioso on this episode of Performance Today.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Franz Liszt: Il Penseroso from Years of Pilgrimage, Book 2, Italy
Andre Watts, piano
Album: Andre Watts Plays Liszt Album 1
EMI 64599

Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 3, No. 1
Linda Melsted, violin | Tafelmusik | Jeanne Lamon, conductor
Album: The Music of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges
CBC 5225

Franz Liszt: Vallee d'Obermann, from Years of Pilgrimage, Book 1
Ilya Yakushev, piano
Beaches Fine Arts Series, St Paul's By the Sea Episcopal Church, Jacksonville Beach, FL

Dylan Schneider: Goes A-H-H-H
The Cassatt String Quartet
Seal Bay Festival, Vinalhaven School, Smith Hokanson Memorial Recital Hall, Vinalhaven, ME

Hour 2

Johann Sebastian Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 18 in G sharp Minor, BWV 863
Inna Faliks, piano
Album: Polonaise-Fantaisie: The Story of a Pianist
Delos 3540

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Trio in G major Op. 9, No. 1
Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin | James Ehnes, viola | Edward Arron, cello
Seattle Chamber Music Society, The Center for Chamber Music, Seattle, WA

Billy Childs: Pursuit
Inna Faliks, piano
Jacaranda Music, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, CA (steamed online)

Maurice Ravel: Alborada del gracioso
Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra | Sir Donald Runnicles, conductor
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY

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