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Sonata "Póstuma"

Yuja Wang and Kavakos Leonidas at Carnegie Hall in 2014.

From All Music:

Ravel's so-called "posthumous" sonata, rather than having been penned from beyond the grave, is of course an early work not published until 1975, long after the composer's death. Not to be confused with Ravel's much better known G major sonata from 30 years later, which melds blues with neo-Classicism, this compact, one-movement sonata in A minor from 1897 adheres to the classic exposition-development-recapitulation-coda sequence. It shows the strong influence of Fauré and Franck, yet also uses a harmonic and melodic language Ravel would later make his own in his Piano Trio and String Quartet. The first theme, heard without introduction, is sinuous and dreamy; the second theme, brought in after a short piano solo, is smoother, broader, and at times vaguely Oriental, while still almost passing for Fauré. The coda, after a condensed recapitulation, is particularly chromatic, as if it were plucked from Franck's more famous violin sonata.

La Valse

Myung-Whun Chung Orchestre - Philharmonique de Radio France


La Valse est un poème chorégraphique pour orchestre de Maurice Ravel, composé entre 1919 et 1920 et dédié à l'amie du compositeur Misia Sert, née Godebska.

L'œuvre fut créée publiquement le  par les Concerts Lamoureux dirigés par Camille Chevillard. Elle porte la référence M.72, dans le catalogue des œuvres du compositeur établi par le musicologue Marcel Marnat.


Leonard Bernstein - Orchestre National de France

La Valse

Yekwon Sunwoo plays Ravel's La Valse


Gold Medalist of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Every four years, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition convenes the most promising rising star pianists from around the world for 17 days of intense competition.

The winners of this year’s edition come to The Greene Space at WQXR for their first public appearance as winners.

Hoje há Grosvenor na Gulbenkian

Diz o site da Fundação:

Aclamado de forma entusiástica, o jovem pianista inglês Benjamin Grosvenor tornou-se, aos onze anos, o mais novo «Jovem Músico do Ano» eleito pela BBC. Passada uma década, em 2014, Grosvenor atuava nos BBC Proms, protagonizando a estreia mundial de Day Break Shadows Flee, de Judith Weir. A facilidade com que circula entre diferentes reportórios encontra-se patente no álbum Dances – em que junta peças de Bach, Chopin, Scriabin e Granados – que valeu da revista Gramophone a declaração: «poderá muito bem ser um dos pianistas mais notáveis do nosso tempo».

O programa previsto inclui Mendelssohn, Chopin, Ravel e Liszt. Encores logo se vê. Quanto ao vídeo abaixo...

Benjamin Grosvenor playing Chopin's Ballade no. 1, Mompou's Paisajes, 2 Medtner Fairy Tales, Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales, the Gounod-Liszt Faust Waltz, and two encores, live in 2014. Timing below. I think he's one of the most exciting young pianists playing today.