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Live on takt1: Argerich & Staatskapelle Berlin

Author: takt1

20 FEB 2020: Zubin Mehta conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin and Martha Argerich with works from Ravel and Stravinsky. Live at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

  • Staatskapelle Berlin | Copyright: © Monika Rittershaus

    Staatskapelle Berlin © Monika Rittershaus

  • Martha Argerich | Copyright: © Adriano Heitmann/Immagina / Warner Classics

    Martha Argerich © Adriano Heitmann/Immagina / Warner Classics

A concert evening with a program of musical works which brings together a highly varied set of influences. Maurice Ravel's “La Valse” alone combines three different styles:
1. the typical Viennese waltz in swaying three-four time;
2. the French valse, also in three-four time, but played strictly on the beat;
3. a military march in gruff two-four time.

You can hear a lot of jazz influences in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major, but in the second movement, there is also a clarity which calls to mind the First Viennese School, as well as a touch of Chopin. Stravinsky’s ballet music “Le sacre du printemps” quotes several Eastern European folk melodies. There’s a link between the work and La Valse, as Ravel originally planned his work as a ballet.

Recording location Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Recording date 20 February 2020
Production year 2020
Production Company takt1
Coproduction Company sone media
Producer Simeon Klein
Director Enrique Sanchez Lansch
Sound Engineer Jens Schünemann
Original title of music work La Valse
Composer Maurice Ravel
Original title of music work Piano Concerto G major
Composer Maurice Ravel
Original title of music work Le Sacre du printemps
Composer Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra / Band Staatskapelle Berlin
Conductor Zubin Mehta
Soloist Martha Argerich

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