The first movement of 28 year-old Ravel’s Quatuor à Cordes. He is said to have been meticulous in his writing, and, finally, a group of musicians have matched his efforts in terms of attention. This is, in my opinion, the best performance and recording of this piece.

Allegro moderato introduces the main theme to be repeated in movements III and IV. The atmosphere developed is one of warmth and a contrasting vastness. The last 30 seconds always gave me the impression of falling asleep, once again surrounded by warmth.

Hagen Quartet:

First Violin – Lukas Hagen (Austria)
Second Violin – Rainer Schmidt (Germany)
Viola – Veronika Hagen (Austria)
‘Cello – Clemens Hagen (Austria)

Concert hall – Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria. (2000.)

Maurice Ravel, Bolero for Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Cond. Valery Gergiev

Daphis et Chloe

CBC Music
Louis Lortie made his third appearance on the stage of Koerner Hall in February of 2013, joined this time by fellow French-Canadian pianist, Helene Mercier.

Lortie and Mercier have been a piano team since the 1980s and have collaborated on a number of critically-acclaimed recordings. The ease that comes with years of playing and performing together was most evident in this concert, and the conclusion of their performance brought the Koerner Hall crowd to its feet.


What is Impressionism?

Aired date: Dec 1, 1961

Plot: Bernstein focuses on Impressionism in music, discussing the methods and styles of Debussy and Ravel. He conducts three movements from La Mer and the final dance of Daphnis et Chloe.

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