Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major
Enjoy the concerts!
18th February 2017
Izumi Tateno, piano
Olari Elts, conductor
The Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major was composed by Ravel between 1929 and 1930. Ravel is quoted in one source as saying that the piece is in only one movement and in another as saying the piece is divided into two movements linked together. The piece was commissioned by Paul Wittgenstein, a concert pianist who had lost his right arm in the First World War. Although at first Wittgenstein did not take to its jazz-influenced rhythms and harmonies, he grew to like the piece. Ravel's other concerto, the Piano Concerto in G, is more widely known and played.