Composers Who Perform

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Last Tuesday another recording of Maurice Ravel's famous "Pavane" was released. That makes 20 in the past year alone, and each one of them is performed by a different musician with a personal touch. This proliferation of Pavanes has Sara Fishko thinking about classical composers, performance and the nature of interpretation.

Click here to learn more about the computerized restoration of the 1889 Brahms recording.

Some of the recordings heard in this File:

Sergei Rachmaninoff performs his "Oriental Sketch," 1917
Edvard Grieg performs his "To Spring" from Lyric Pieces op. 43 No. 6
Sergei Prokofiev performs his "Piano Concerto No. 3"
Rudolf Serkin performs Beethoven's "Piano Sonata No. 14, (Moonlight)"
Vladimir Ashkenazy performs Beethoven's "Piano Sonata No. 8, (Pathétique)"
Dmitri Shostakovich performs his "Prelude and Fugue No. 12"
Sviatoslav Richter performs Shostakovich's "Prelude and Fugue No. 12"
Sviatoslav Richter performs Shostakovich's "Prelude and Fugue No. 17"
Sergei Rachmaninoff performs his "Piano Concerto No. 2"
Robert Casadesus performs Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante défunte"
Itzhak Perlman performs Brahms' "Hungarian Dances"

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