Dezsö Ranki, accompanied by the legendary Daniele Gatti and Orchestre National de France in a program of music by Beethoven and Bartok, and recorded last November 21st by the venerable Radio France Musique.
Ranki plays a perennial favorite, the 3rd Piano concerto by Bela Bartok. The Orchestra begins and ends the concert with Beethoven. Starting off with Creatures Of Prometheus and ending with Beethoven’s Symphony Number 7.
The Hungarian virtuoso Dezsö Ranki has had a long and distinguished career; beginning early-on as a First-prize winner at the Schumann Piano Competition which started a career, taking him to every major concert hall in the world to universal audience and critical acclaim. His London debut in 1973 was considered a triumph, with critics writing of his prodigious keyboard facility and natural musicianship being abundantly apparent. His many recordings for his native Hungaroton label have been recipients of the coveted Prix du Rome and the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros.
Daniele Gatti has also had a meteoric rise as one of the true bright lights on the Concert stage. As Music Director of Orchestre National de France since 2008, he is also (as of this year) Chief Conductor of the Amsterdam Concertgevbouw. He is also much in demand as a guest conductor and has collaborated with the Royal Philharmonic, Zurich Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden as well as guest appearances with his former Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, as well as making his debut at the famed Bayreuth Festival with a 2008 production of Parsifal.
Good music making this week – from two distinct and celebrated artists in a concert of pretty standard fare, but they do it with a sense of commitment and it sounds fresh as a result.
Maybe not in time for the rush hour this week, but it’s still worth a listen, and you can never get too much Beethoven or Bartok.