Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor
Alexandre Tharaud, Piano
Weill Symphony No. 2
Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Gershwin An American in Paris
We take you to the jazz-infused 1930s for this sparkling trio of pieces. George Gershwin's evocative and vivid An American in Paris is arguably the finest musical love letter ever penned to a city. Meanwhile, Yannick is also a big fan of Weill's Symphony No. 2, and it's no wonder, he has even recorded it. It has the edgy energy of the1930s, and the craftsmanship of a well-refined symphony. Maurice Ravel wrote his Piano Concerto for the Left Hand for an Austrian pianist wounded in World War I. French pianist Alexandre Tharaud dispatches this challenging score with panache and brilliant musicality. You won't believe your ears, but he really is playing with just one hand.
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