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    Left Hand one for me. I like its one-movement nature, its great beginning and orchestral buildup in anticipation of the grand entrance of the piano, and of course, the fantastic cadenza. Which of the two do you prefer, the Concerto in G Major, or the Left Hand Concerto?

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    The G major for me.

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    Same for me, G Major. The second movement just kills me.

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    Don't make me choose. The Concerto in G has that glorious slow movement, but the Concerto for the Left Hand opens with a contrabassoon solo. Tough call.

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    Love ‘em both, but I listen to the G major more so I guess that’s what I’ll choose. I do think the finale is a major letdown and that the work is just too short in general - but hey, Ravel was never one for long, drawn-out epics. I absolutely love that opening in the Left Hand concerto as order slowly rises out of primordial chaos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorf View Post
    Don't make me choose. The Concerto in G has that glorious slow movement, but the Concerto for the Left Hand opens with a contrabassoon solo. Tough call.
    And as a contrabassoonist, the Left Hand concerto for sure! Great solo, and you don't get too many chances to play it.

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    G Major for me.....neat piece, and a great, but challenging bassoon part....

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    In terms of artistic conception, execution, craftsmanship I consider the works about equal, however I find the G major touches me more, therefore I listen to it more often, so it is my (slight) preference between the two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    G Major for me.....neat piece, and a great, but challenging bassoon part....
    Check this out: I played bassoon 1 for a concert last fall with the Ravel Concerto in G. I played the combined parts in the 3rd movement, because the 2nd wasn't up for it given the rehearsal time we had. Also on the program: Lili Boulanger, D'un matin de printemps. Not the Concerto, but numerous exposed and challenging parts. Also on the program: Debussy's La Mer. Great part, right? But get this. The program ended with this: Ravel, Bolero. No, I'm not kidding. I almost choked when I saw the program announcement the previous spring. Everything went fine, though.

    ETA: forgot to mention, Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune was also on this program.
    Last edited by Knorf; May-31-2020 at 02:30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorf View Post
    Check this out: I played bassoon 1 for a concert last fall with the Ravel Concerto in G. I played the combined parts in the 3rd movement, because the 2nd wasn't up for it given the rehearsal time we had. Also on the program: Lili Boulanger, D'un matin de printemps. Not the Concerto, but numerous exposed and challenging parts. Also on the program: Debussy's La Mer. Great part, right? But get this. The program ended with this: Ravel, Bolero. No, I'm not kidding. I almost choked when I saw the program announcement the previous spring. Everything went fine, though.

    ETA: forgot to mention, Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune was also on this program.
    Yup, when it rains it pours...I once played Ravel G Major Concerto...program opened with Overture Magic Flute, then Scheherazade!!
    Last edited by Heck148; May-31-2020 at 04:04.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    Yup, when it rains it pours...I once played Ravel G Major Concerto...program opened with Overture Magic Flute, then Scheherazade!!


    Nice. Luckily the Mozart is much easier in full performance than in audition!

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    If I am forced to choose......I can't.
    Last edited by Rogerx; May-31-2020 at 05:10.
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    Gmajor for me, but grudgingly.
    I have a nice arrangement of the slow mvt for piano solo that combines the piano and orchestra part which is rather nice to play. it is one of mine and my wife's favourites.
    Last edited by mikeh375; May-31-2020 at 06:42.

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    Love them both, but the G major just that little bit more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    In terms of artistic conception, execution, craftsmanship I consider the works about equal, however I find the G major touches me more, therefore I listen to it more often, so it is my (slight) preference between the two.
    Same comments, different outcome for me. I vote the Left Hand concerto.

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