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 …

Ravel: Piano Concerto [Argerich, Gorelik]

Accompanied by the RTS Symphony Orchestra, the legendary Argentine classical concert pianist Martha Argerich performs Maurice Ravel‘s Piano Concerto in G major. Conductor: Luis Gorelik. Recorded on July 9, 2022, at the Kolarac Concert Hall in Belgrade. The piece was composed between 1929 and 1931. It is in three movements and is heavily influenced by jazz, which the …

Ravel: Boléro [hr-Sinfonieorchester, Alain Altinoglu]

Conducted by Alain Altinoglu, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) 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 at the Alte Oper Frankfurt on June 22, 2022.

Ravel: Boléro (Tabula Rasa)

Tabula Rasa, an ensemble from Saint Petersburg, Russia, performs their own rendition of Boléro, a one-movement orchestral piece by the French composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Originally composed as a ballet commissioned by Russian actress and dancer Ida Rubinstein, the piece, which premiered in 1928, is Ravel’s most famous musical composition.