Slippedisc daily comfort zone (75): When you gotta go

Slippedisc daily comfort zone (75): When you gotta go

Daily Comfort Zone

norman lebrecht

July 13, 2021

Maurice Ravel plays his Pavane for a dead princess more movingly than any orchestra.


  • Edgar Self says:

    A woman who played it in his hearing wasn’t so lucky. “No, madame, you have not understood. It is the princess who is dead, not the pavane.”

  • John Borstlap says:

    It sounds as if he has difficulty reading the score.

  • E says:

    “Allant,” and not at all sentimental. What a revelation.
    Thanks for posting, also with this photo.

  • Joel Levine says:

    The bass note at 4’59” is not in the orchestra version, even though this passage is the same as an earlier one where the bass note is included.
    The only recording I know that inserts it is Boulez/Cleveland.
    I spoke to their head librarian. The note was removed after the recording session.
    The missing note seems to be a mistake and I’m surprised no one has had the courage to fix it besides Boulez.

  • Edgar Self says:

    This “Ravel” recording sounds like a piano-roll. I think some rolls attributed to Ravel were made for him by others and issued in his name. This one is a little heavy-handed with a too prominent left hand and marked ritards at several phrase endings.

  • David K. Nelson says:

    Joseph Szigeti wrote, in his autobiography, “It is probably my intense admiration for Ravel the composer that causes my subconscious to blue-pencil my memories of Ravel the pianist!”