Pianists Compared.


Favorite Ravel.

I was transfixed by the music of Maurice Ravel this morning. The second movement from Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G-Major has long been a huge favorite of mine.

This morning I heard this played by Italian pianist Aldo Ciccolini; he is 89 years old now.

The second movement –Adagio assai– starts at 09:14



Let me show you interpretations of the same music by three other artists; you have an opportunity to decide which performance you enjoy best.

First: Here is Martha Argerich, in 1990:



And next, here is Helene Grimaud:



Finally, here is French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major with Philippe Jordan, conductor of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. The second movement begins at 08:36:




Tags: Maurice Ravel, Piano Concerto in G-Major, Adagio assai, Helene Grimaud, Argerich, Jean-Yves Thibaudet