Ravel & Gershwin Piano Concertos (2018)

Ravel, Gershwin

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Kazuki Yamada

This release is full of exuberant high spirits, pulsating rhythms and breathless virtuosity jostle with urbane sophistication and deeply felt sentiment in these scintillating jazz inspired concertos. This release joins two other DSD releases on the catalogue with Denis Kozhukhin; Tchaikovsky & Grieg Piano Concertos & Brahms Ballades & Fantasies

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"In the first half of the twentieth century - despite geographical distances and cultural differences - the musical cultures of the Old and the New World certainly had a big influence on each other. Both Gershwin and Ravel expanded in these Concertos the horizons of their styles, colours and musical shapes. Both often manage to make their music sound like a complete improvisation, even though at the same time, nothing is accidental. Gershwin was actually departing from the jazz base with its freedom while Ravel had very strong "classical" roots. I find it no coincidence that Gershwin wanted Ravel to become his mentor, whereas Ravel in his turn rejected this request in order not to disturb Gershwin´s unique talent of combining jazz and classical styles. I personally see these two titans of music as two gravitational forces that at the same time attract and repel each other."

Denis Kozhukhin

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Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Founded in 1918 by Ernest Ansermet, permanent conductor until 1967, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, with its 112 permanent musicians, ensures subscription concerts in Geneva and Lausanne, the City of Geneva symphony concerts, the annual fund-raising concert for the UN, as well as opera performances at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Its reputation has been built up over the years thanks to its historic recordings and its interpretation of 20th-century French and Russian repertoire.

The orchestra's Music and Artistic Director will be Jonathan Nott from the 2016-2017 season. Its Principal Guest Conductor is Japanese maestro Kazuki Yamada.

Under the guidance of its founding conductor and subsequent music directors (Paul Kletzki 1967- 1970, Wolfgang Sawallisch 1970-1980, Horst Stein 1980-1985, Armin Jordan 1985-1997, Fabio Luisi 1997-2002, Pinchas Steinberg 2002-2005, Marek Janowski 2005-2012, Neeme Järvi, 2012-2015), the world-famous Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is an active contributor to the history of music through the discovery or support of leading contemporary composers. The pieces by Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin, Benjamin Britten, Heinz Holliger, Peter Eötvös, James MacMillan, Pascal Dusapin, Michael Jarrell or Richard Dubugnon were premiered in Geneva by the OSR. It is  one of its important mission: supporting the symphonic creation, and particularly the Swiss one. The OSR is a partner of Pro Helvetia until 2017 for the project “Oeuvres suisses”

 

Kazuki Yamada

Yamada appears regularly with such orchestras as Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE and Tonku?nstler-Orchester at the Vienna Musikverein. He is Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and also holds the same title with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, starting in the 2014/2015 season. In Japan, he holds further titles of Principal Conductor of Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Partner with Sendai Philharmonic and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and Music Director of Yokohama Sinfonietta, an ensemble he founded whilst still a student. Passionate about choral repertoire, he is Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus’s Music Director. The chorus have released ten CDs with Yamada.

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Ravel & Gershwin Piano Concertos (2018)

Ravel, Gershwin

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Balance Engineer and Editing: Erdo Groot
Executive Producer: Renaud Loranger
Producer: Erdo Groot
Recording Engineer: Lauren Jurrius
Recording location: Victoria Hall, Geneva, in July 2017

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Piano Concerto in G Major, M. 83 - I. Allegramente
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Piano Concerto in G Major, M. 83 - II. Adagio assai
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Piano Concerto in G Major, M. 83 - III. Presto
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Piano Concerto in F Major - I. Allegro
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Piano Concerto in F Major - II. Adagio - Andante con moto
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Piano Concerto in F Major - III. Allegro agitato
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Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major, M. 82
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