Michelangeli Plays Ravel and Rachmaninov

Ravel and Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos, as performed by Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

Piano Concerto in G major

Performed by Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano), with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Ettore Gracis conducting.

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli died on June 12, 1995 in Lugano, Switzerland. On this recording he brings his technical mastery to two works composed within a few years of each other: Ravel’s exquisite, jazz-inflected G major concerto and Rachmaninov’s 4th concerto, more discreetly Romantic than its two much-loved predecessors.

With his infinitely subtle gradations of color and touch, Michelangeli proves characteristically mesmerising in both works.

Here is the second movement of the Rachmaninov Concerto number 4:

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