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    Perhaps one of the things I love about Ravel is that all these questions about serialism, tonality, aleatoricism, seem meaningless - if you ever thought they had meaning. It's about beauty.

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    A team that got both concertos just right was that of Samson François and André Cluytens, 1959, in a classic EMI recording.,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    A team that got both concertos just right was that of Samson François and André Cluytens, 1959, in a classic EMI recording.,
    Aha. I think my parents had that on LP! Remember those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    A team that got both concertos just right was that of Samson François and André Cluytens, 1959, in a classic EMI recording.,
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    Yes classic performances by a wayward artist who got it right on that night! The LH has to be heard to be believed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclectic Al View Post
    Aha. I think my parents had that on LP! Remember those?
    I had that LP and then was delighted one day to find it cleanly transferred to an excellent CD! Oh Joy, indeed! I had searched in vain for some other artist and recording on CD that might match the mighty Samson, but was always disappointed. Then, ecstasy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    A team that got both concertos just right was that of Samson François and André Cluytens, 1959, in a classic EMI recording.,
    I love that one, and have the original Angel LP with the red and black label, from back when Angel LPs were still made in England. The original LP on the British Columbia label (that was soon swallowed up by EMI) is a famous collectible, and one sold on ebay recently for over $2,000. Mine isn't a valuable collectible, but still great music. I have another great LP with both concertos, Alicia de Larrocha on London/Decca.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fluteman View Post
    I love that one, and have the original Angel LP with the red and black label, from back when Angel LPs were still made in England. The original LP on the British Columbia label (that was soon swallowed up by EMI) is a famous collectible, and one sold on ebay recently for over $2,000. Mine isn't a valuable collectible, but still great music. I have another great LP with both concertos, Alicia de Larrocha on London/Decca.
    If memory serves, my copy of the EMI had the well-know photo of Ravel in profile, at the piano as I recall, with that patrician nose and so neatly and crisply dressed. I had a teacher in high school that looked just like him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    If memory serves, my copy of the EMI had the well-know photo of Ravel in profile, at the piano as I recall, with that patrician nose and so neatly and crisply dressed. I had a teacher in high school that looked just like him.
    That's the one. It's a great photo. The collectors' items and the worthless copies have nearly identical covers (though different labels), but identical music, and the only significant difference is rarity. Record collectors argue about which pressing is better, but they are basically nuts.

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