Ravel & Gershwin - Piano Concertos | Pentatone PTC5186620

Ravel & Gershwin - Piano Concertos

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186620

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 20th April 2018

Contents

Artists

Denis Kozhukhin (piano)
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Conductor

Kazuki Yamada

Works

Gershwin, George

Piano Concerto in F major

Ravel, Maurice

Piano Concerto in D major for the left hand
Piano Concerto in G major

Artists

Denis Kozhukhin (piano)
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Conductor

Kazuki Yamada

About

Exuberant high spirits, pulsating rhythms and breathless virtuosity jostle with urbane sophistication and deeply felt sentiment in these scintillating jazz-inspired concertos by Maurice Ravel and George Gershwin, played with élan by Denis Kozhukhin and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Kazuki Yamada in this release from Pentatone.
 
A sparkling divertissement with witty orchestration and sizzling virtuosity, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major is and one of his best-loved works thanks to its impeccable style, dashing humour, and its hauntingly beautiful slow movement. In a change of mood, Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major is a darkly hued, powerful work with a heroic grandeur realised in a fearsomely difficult piano part that traverses the keyboard to dazzling effect. And Tin Pan Alley beckons with Gershwin’s breezily confident and polished Piano Concerto in F major. With an inventive score that artfully combines jazz elements, heart on sleeve melodies and brilliant pianistics, the result is irresistible.

“Technically flawless, Kozhukhin combines wisely the brilliance and power of his playing with a masterful sense of form, maturity, and a very unique sensitivity.”

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