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Maurice Ravel

September 10, 2013

Ravel's One and Only String Quartet

Maurice Ravel's string quartet was mostly dismissed as a failure by his teacher, by a prestigious contest and by music critics in Paris. But ever since Claude Debussy gave an enthusiastic thumbs up, Ravel's one and only string quartet has become a staple of the chamber music repertoire. Also we hear a double piano concerto by J.S. Bach that would have been played in a busy, bustling coffeehouse in Leipzig. On Tuesday's Performance Today.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Erik Satie
    Gymnopedie No. 3
    Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
    Maurice Ravel: A la Maniere de Chabrier
    London/Decca 473620
  • Jean Sibelius
    Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43 Mvt 1, 1. Allegretto
    Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu, conductor
    Music Centre, Helsinki, Finland
  • Maurice Ravel
    String Quartet in F major
    Accordo: Steven Copes, violin; Ruggero Allifranchini, violin; Maiya Papach, viola; Ronald Thomas, cello
    Christ Church Lutheran, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jean Francaix
    Quartet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon, 1. Allegro, 2. Andante,
    Linda Chesis, flute; James Roe, Oboe; Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet; Adrian Morejon, bassoon
    Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, The Otesaga Resort Hotel; Cooperstown, NY

hour 2

  • Manuel de Falla
    Siete canciones populares espanoles, IV. Jota, VI. Cancion
    Kim Kashkashian, viola; Robert Levin, piano
    Songs from Spain and Argentina
    ECM 1975
  • Claude Debussy
    Preludes Book 1, 10. La Cathedral engloutie, 11. La danse de Puck, 12. Minstrels
    Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano
    Aspen Music Festival, Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, CO
  • Maurice Ravel (trans. by Howard Bowlin)
    Rhapsodie espagnole, 1. Prelude a la nuit, 2. Malaguena, 3. Habanera, 4. Feria
    United States Marine Band, Major Jason K. Fettig, conductor
    Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria, VA
  • J.S. Bach
    Concerto for Two Pianos in C Major, BWV 1061
    Derek Han, piano; Gloria Chien, piano; Arnaud Sussman, violin; Soovin Kim, violin; Sean Lee, violin; Kristin Lee, violin; Sunmi Chang, viola;
    Music@Menlo Festival, The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, Atherton, CA
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