Ruth Laredo, Ravel La Valse (solo piano)

Posted by: Orange Soda King

Ruth Laredo, Ravel La Valse (solo piano) - 01/24/13 08:31 PM

DAAAAAAAAAAAANG.

Easily the best performance (in my opinion) I've ever heard of the solo piano version of La Valse!! This is unbelievable playing. I need to listen to more of her playing. Anybody here a Ruth Laredo fan? What do you recommend that I listen to?

EDIT: Fixed the ending smile

Posted by: stores

Re: Ruth Laredo, Ravel La Valse (solo piano) - 01/24/13 08:36 PM

As you know, Soda, I'm a Laredo fan and have been for years. Her LaValse is THE LaValse for me. Recommendations? Her Rach (she's buried only a few feet away from him) is what brought her fame and success as well as her Scriabin (she was the first person to record the complete sonatas).
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: Ruth Laredo, Ravel La Valse (solo piano) - 01/24/13 08:40 PM

Great!! I'll definitely dig into those. Interesting facts, too, I should also read up about her. Thanks smile

And thanks for telling me a while back about her La Valse in the first place smile
Posted by: Tim Adrianson

Re: Ruth Laredo, Ravel La Valse (solo piano) - 01/24/13 08:49 PM

Well, I certainly remember her from her Scriabin recordings in the '70s -- and, you have to remember, Scriabin was really not well known or understood at that time. Quite frankly, he was positioned as the "Prince of Darkness" because of his creepy later music. Ruth Laredo not only introduced him, but also "explained" him to a larger group of classical music listeners. I always loved the way she could capture the melting lyricism in his early Sonatas, but also the logic in his later efforts. I never heard her subsequent efforts in behalf of Rachmaninoff (and apparently, Ravel), but I'm sure that she had similar riveting opinions. and the chops to deliver it, to new audiences.
Posted by: argerichfan

Re: Ruth Laredo, Ravel La Valse (solo piano) - 01/24/13 09:01 PM

Stupendous!

Agree with Tim above. And the LP covers to her Scriabin sonatas were certainly geared to the post-'Summer of Love' acid crowd. (Scriabin -I might think- would be second only to Bach and Wagner on acid.)

Although I doubt Laredo ever attempted to cross swords with Horowitz in the 10th sonata...
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: Ruth Laredo, Ravel La Valse (solo piano) - 01/24/13 09:06 PM

I heard her in two concerts and a master class a few years before her death. The recitals were at Mannes and Trinity Church in lower Manhattan. At the Mannes recital she played La Valse and at Trinity she played mostly American music including the Barber Sonata and Confrey's Kitten on the Keys.
Posted by: vers la flan

Re: Ruth Laredo, Ravel La Valse (solo piano) - 01/24/13 09:51 PM

Thanks for the post. I'd recently heard a Berezovsky rendition from a rather peculiar recital in Belgrade which was utterly unrecognizable in sections, so this was a good way to rinse that out with a fresh take. Although is it just my computer or does the video seems to cut out right before the end?
Posted by: didyougethathing

Re: Ruth Laredo, Ravel La Valse (solo piano) - 01/25/13 12:27 AM

My favorite performance of the solo version. So much clarity, so playful! This is an arrangement that can easily spiral out of control (in a bad way) for performers, but Laredo's take holds everything together while maintaining the "demented" feel of the piece. I don't own this recording but have heard in numerous times and loved it. Why does the video cut off before the end though?! I would argue the climax of the piece is the chord in the penultimate measure!
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: Ruth Laredo, Ravel La Valse (solo piano) - 01/25/13 01:44 AM

Sorry about that, video messed up, I found out the problem. I am re-uploading now.

EDIT: Re-uploaded. Check the original post again.
Posted by: vers la flan

Re: Ruth Laredo, Ravel La Valse (solo piano) - 01/25/13 04:33 AM

didyougetthathing: How are you? I'd argue that to leave out the cheeky nod to Dies Irae at the end would be a substantial thematic omission.

OSK: Video seems to work fine for me now. Thanks!
Posted by: gooddog

Re: Ruth Laredo, Ravel La Valse (solo piano) - 01/25/13 10:09 AM

Originally Posted By: Orange Soda King
DAAAAAAAAAAAANG.Anybody here a Ruth Laredo fan? What do you recommend that I listen to?

I've got several CD's of her playing most of Rachmaninoff's shorter pieces. I think her playing is wonderful!
Posted by: BruceD

Re: Ruth Laredo, Ravel La Valse (solo piano) - 01/25/13 01:27 PM

Laredo has also edited, for Peters, the complete Rachmaninoff Preludes in two volumes :

P66900 : Ten Preludes, Op 23 and Prelude Op 3, No 2
P66901 : Thirteen Preludes, Op 32.

Regards,
Posted by: didyougethathing

Re: Ruth Laredo, Ravel La Valse (solo piano) - 01/25/13 01:32 PM

Originally Posted By: Orange Soda King
Sorry about that, video messed up, I found out the problem. I am re-uploading now.

EDIT: Re-uploaded. Check the original post again.


Thanks!
Posted by: jeffreyjones

Re: Ruth Laredo, Ravel La Valse (solo piano) - 01/25/13 04:23 PM

Originally Posted By: BruceD
Laredo has also edited, for Peters, the complete Rachmaninoff Preludes in two volumes :

P66900 : Ten Preludes, Op 23 and Prelude Op 3, No 2
P66901 : Thirteen Preludes, Op 32.

Regards,


I have them both, a fine edition it is. Very different from the old Warner I was using. (Doesn't it seem odd that Warner Bros. have the rights to so much Rachmaninoff?)
Posted by: AldenH

Re: Ruth Laredo, Ravel La Valse (solo piano) - 01/25/13 07:59 PM

Originally Posted By: jeffreyjones
Originally Posted By: BruceD
Laredo has also edited, for Peters, the complete Rachmaninoff Preludes in two volumes :

P66900 : Ten Preludes, Op 23 and Prelude Op 3, No 2
P66901 : Thirteen Preludes, Op 32.

Regards,


I have them both, a fine edition it is. Very different from the old Warner I was using. (Doesn't it seem odd that Warner Bros. have the rights to so much Rachmaninoff?)


There are some pretty Looney Tunes in there!