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Martha Argerich, Ravel Piano Concerto in G, 2nd Movement

Martha Argerich, Ravel Piano Concerto in G, Movement 2

I’m a bit reluctant to recommend this, but I’ve been listening to it quite a bit recently. Certain motifs and parts where the music gets louder will make you think of bad movie music. I prefer saying the music is “meditative” and “challenging.” The theme has a pastoral effect, with distinct overtones of Faure, Durufle, Debussy. It takes several listens to get that full effect, though. I first had the music on too quiet, and given that it is a more quiet movement, it put me to sleep. Now I’m more focused on how one instrument or one section of the orchestra will get the theme and the music will rise, and how the piano is used to create a gentle cascade of notes where the music would start diminishing. There’s a lot to explore in this piece.

2 Comments

  1. The only classical music I’ve listened to is Vivaldi. How would you compare this to Vivaldi’s music?

  2. The greatest living pianist plays the 2nd movement like Bill Evans!

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