Ravel - Piano Concerto in G major - Argerich, Dutoit
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It was a very good year. I mean really... Jimi Hendrix bought his first guitar - a White Single pickup Supro Ozark 1560 S.
Miles was in the studio recording Kind of Blue.
Ornette was killin' em with controversy at New York's Five Spot.
Bonanza, Hawaiian Eye, and The Twilight Zone all premiered on TV.
And The Academy Award for Best Picture went to Gigi.
The Year was 1959.
In the world of Classical Music, conductor Charles Dutoit was just completing his studies and meets a teenage Martha Argerich who has just won 1st Prize at The International Competition in Geneva. The two hit it off and on January 19, 1959 Dutoit led Argerich and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne in the Ravel Piano Concerto in G major. This spectacular performance was their joint debut together and a glimpse of the greatness to come.
The 50th Anniversary Celebration of this Great Moment in Classical Music History comes January 26 & 27.
Charles DuToit, branch - Martha Argerich piano - Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Jean BALISSAT: Sinfonietta
Maurice RAVEL: Concerto for piano in g major
Richard STRAUSS: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
26.01.2009 - 27.01.2009
Monday at 20: 30 p.m. on Tuesday at 8 pm
The OCL ticketing: 021 345 00 25 / www.ocl.ch
Book your ticket now
For me this is one of the most exciting events in the world for this week. If there was any way I could be there, I'd be there. I sure hope some of you are able to take in this historic event.
For a fine meal while in Lausanne you just may want to stop in to the Hotel de Ville where Phillipe Rochat might offer you his delicious:
Bresse Chicken in Cocotte with Vegetables and Truffle Mousseline
Then, no trip to Lausanne would be complete without stopping in at
Le Château de Beaulieu et Musée de l'Art Brut.
Located on the northwestern side of town, this château dates from 1756 and was once occupied by Madame de Staël. The museum displays what the artist Jean Dubuffet called art brut in the 1940s. This curious mélange of artwork was collected by the painter from prisoners, the mentally ill, and the criminally insane. It's like a bizarre twilight zone of art, often dubbed "psychopathological," especially the art by schizophrenics. Dubuffet despised the pretentiousness of the avant-garde art scene around him, and as a form of protest decided to begin this collection of the works of "nonartists," many of whom he found superior to the more established artists of his day.
Now wouldn't all that make for a fun and exciting trip!
For those of you not en route to Lausanne... listening to this fine recording in honor of the anniversary will be a delight.