Suggested Listening

Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock


In a Nutshell:"Watermelon Man" is a jazz standard by Herbie Hancock from his 1962 debut album, "Takin' Off."The original version featured Freddie Hubbard and Dexter Gordon in a grooving hard bop style.Mongo Santamaría's Latin pop rendition reached No. 10 on the pop chart and was Grammy Hall of Fame inducted.Hancock later reworked it with funk influences for his 1973 album "Head Hunters."The song's structure is a sixteen-bar blues drawing from R&B, soul jazz, and bebop.Over two hundred artists have recorded the song, including David Bowie's band and live renditions at Montreux Jazz Festival.About the Piece:"Watermelon Man" is a jazz standard composed [...]

Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock2023-10-11T11:30:06+01:00

Gaspard de la Nuit by Ravel performed by Samson Francois


In a Nutshell: Mesmerising piano suite by Maurice Ravel, performed by Samson François. Enchanting nymphs, eerie gibbets, and mischievous goblins. Virtuosity and poetry. Intricate score brought to life with passion and precision. Essential listening for any classical music fan. Captivating and unforgettable musical experience. About the Piece: "Gaspard de la Nuit" by Ravel, as interpreted by Samson François, is a captivating piano suite composed in 1908. François' performance showcases the suite's intricate storytelling and Ravel's poetic musical language. It comprises three movements, each inspired by Aloysius Bertrand's poems: Ondine: François skillfully captures the enchanting allure of the water nymph Undine in [...]

Gaspard de la Nuit by Ravel performed by Samson Francois2023-09-20T08:10:50+01:00

Moritz Moszkowski – Piano Concerto in E major, Op 59


In a nutshell: Dedicated to Josef Hofmann in 1898 Features solo piano with orchestra Four movements: Moderato, Andante, Scherzo (Vivace), Allegro deciso Showcases resolute themes, expressive passages, nimble running themes, and flowing character Reflects Moszkowski's brilliance and virtuosity About the piece: Moszkowski's Piano Concerto No. 2 in E major is a dazzling and expressive composition dedicated to Josef Hofmann. With its rich orchestration and virtuosic piano passages, the concerto's four movements showcase Moszkowski's brilliant musical style, ranging from resolute themes to nocturne-like passages and lively scherzo sections. Listen to the piece of music:

Moritz Moszkowski – Piano Concerto in E major, Op 592023-09-18T09:22:36+01:00

Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand played by Samson Francois


In a nutshell: The Piano Concerto for the Left Hand was composed by Maurice Ravel. It was written in the 1920s for Paul Wittgenstein, an Austrian pianist who lost his right arm in WWI. The piece is notable for using a single hand, creating a unique sound, and is considered a 20th-century masterpiece, often performed by virtuoso pianists globally. Music, I feel, must be emotional first and intellectual second. We should always remember that sensitiveness and emotion constitute the real content of a work of art. I did my work slowly, drop by drop. I tore it out of me [...]

Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand played by Samson Francois2023-05-03T13:48:25+01:00


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