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guy sergeant
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Ravel Piano Concerto No2

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I have been listening to and greatly enjoying a rather tired and worn vinyl copy of this piece with Leonard Bernstein playing with and conducting the Columbia Symphony Orchestra on Philips. I'm unlikely to find another copy.  Can anyone recommend a different 'available' version which is equally if not more enjoyable?

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Romy the Cat

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Ravel: Michelangeli, Michelangeli, Michelangeli...

the Bernstein was OK but I never was warmed nether to his play not to his conducting. Not to mention that his Ravel play always sound to me more like Slav’s dance then the Ravel concerto. Still, I never head Bernstein playing it with Columbia, I know that he did it many times but I have it only with late New York and older Philharmonia Orchestra. Both of them form my prospective are boring.

There are certainly many versions by different people and only Argerich did it a half dozen times. However, as far as I concern there was no one who went deeper into this concerto then my always-beloved Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. I have him playing it with Ettore Gracis and Philharmonia Orchestra in 1957 and with Celibidache. Michelangeli recorded this concerto with Celibidache a few time with different orchestras and I do not remember now which I have. I have only one and it is beautiful, like anything else that Celibidache did with Michelangeli.

Anyhow, both of the named above Michelangeli’ performances from my point of view live the Bernstein’s performances in a deep dust…

Romy the Cat

"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
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Antonio J.
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And Michelangeli again

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I heartfully agree with Romy, Michelangeli is a master playing the Ravel's Piano Concerto in G. A friend told me that Richter was once asked why he never played the Ravel's Concerto and he answered "why bother, Michelangeli already plays it". I have the Gracis-Michelangeli recording, which is easily found in the EMI's GROC collection. I didn't know there were recordings with Celibidache, but I would be happy listening to any. Would you please Romy tell us which of those renditions could be found nowadays?


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