Debussy: La Mer [hr-Sinfonieorchester, Alain Altinoglu]

Conducted by Alain Altinoglu, hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) performs La mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre (English: The sea, three symphonic sketches for orchestra), or simply La Mer (i.e. The Sea), an orchestral composition by the French composer Claude Debussy. This performance was recorded at the Alte Oper Frankfurt on September 22, 2023.

Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand [Bertrand Chamayou, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra]

Accompanied by the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the French pianist Bertrand Chamayou performs Maurice Ravel’s “Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major”. Conductor: Lorenzo Viotti. This performance was recorded during the AVROTROS Friday Concert on October 20, 2023, at the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Composed between 1929 and 1930, the piece was commissioned …

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte [Orchestre National de France, Dalia Stasevska]

Conducted by Dalia Stasevska, the Orchestre National de France performs Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess), originally a work for solo piano by Maurice Ravel, written in 1899 while the French composer was studying at the Conservatoire de Paris under the French composer Gabriel Fauré.

2023 Nobel Prize Concert [Soloist: Julia Fischer]

This year’s Nobel Prize Concert brings together world-renowned conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and acclaimed violinist Julia Fischer, together with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. On 8 December, works by Boccherini, Brahms, and Ravel were performed on the Konserthuset Stockholm stage. The audience also heard a work by the exciting young American composer Gabriella Smith (b. 1991). …

Janine Jansen and Jean-Yves Thibaudet perform Debussy, Grieg, and Chausson

Dutch violinist Janine Jansen and the French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet perform “Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L. 140” (Claude Debussy), “Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13” (Edvard Grieg), and “Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet in D Major, Op. 21” (Accompanied by the Dover Quartet) (Ernest Chausson). This …

Ravel: Piano Concerto [Boris Giltburg]

Accompanied by the Residentie Orkest (Residentie Orchestra), the Dutch orchestra based in The Hague, the Russian-born Israeli classical pianist Boris Giltburg performs Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major. Conductor: Anja Bihlmaier. Recorded during the Sunday Morning Concert on September 4, 2022, in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Ravel: Boléro [Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y Léon, Thierry Fischer]

Conducted by Thierry Fischer, a Spanish symphony orchestra based in Valladolid, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y Léon performs Maurice Ravel’s “Boléro”, a one-movement orchestral piece, originally composed as a ballet commissioned by Russian actress and dancer Ida Rubinstein (1885-1960). Recorded on August 18, 2023, at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte [Ramon van Engelenhoven]

Dutch pianist Ramon van Engelen­hoven performs Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess), a work for solo piano by Maurice Ravel, written in 1899 while the French composer was studying at the Conservatoire de Paris under the French composer Gabriel Fauré. This performance was recorded on August 19, 2023, during the supporting …

Ravel: Boléro [from a violist’s perspective]

The Italian violist Federico Bresciani shared this video, showing that Ravel’s famous piece Boléro is a bit… boring, from a violist’s perspective. He wrote: “Maurice Ravel’s Bolero is one of the most famous classical pieces of the 19th [20th] century. Almost every instrument in the orchestra has the honor to play the main theme. Except …