Last night’s program was near perfection for me:
Ravel’s Piano Concerto For The Left Hand,
his La Valse, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances
(which I hadn’t heard before but enjoyed as I do most of his work)
and Liszt’s Totentanz.
For those of you who can spare the four minutes for a lift here’s a video of the concluding section of the Piano Concerto.
It was written in 1930 as a commission from pianist Paul Wittgenstein who had lost his right arm in World War I.
Another well-known favorite by Ravel is his Pavane For A Dead Princess, which can be heard here:
I was struck by this video because the 1889 painting of White Face Mountain is the same vista seen in some of my Lake Placid images. (There. I’ve gotten a picture of mine into my photo journal!) More Lake Placid scenes here.
An overwhelming feeling I had during the concert is that there is still such beauty and magnificence in a world in which we are too often confronted with brutality and evil. There is hope.