Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major Pianist: Martha Argerich

Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel

Although Martha Argerich and I are near-contemporaries, and she has been recording since before I came to love classical music, it was not until I discovered YouTube that I began to listen to her carefully, and fell in love with her playing.  In this video, which dates from 1990, she plays Ravel’s magnificent Piano Concerto in G major.  Her ex-husband Charles Dutoit conducts the Orchestre National de France.

I would like to call your attention especially to the second movement, which is exquisitely sad and lovely.

For those looking for a specific part of the concerto, in this video the second movement begins at 8:50, and the third movement at 17:50.