Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet piano
From Stravinsky to Ravel, the patent resonance between Russian and French music in the early 20th century
The second concert for the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and its conductor Youri Temirkanov, this time with a "Parisian evening" illustrated by Stravinsky and Ravel's Petrouchka. The two musicians knew each other and moved in the same artistic circle in early 20th century Paris. Stravinsky was triumphing at the time with the Ballets Russes (Petrouchka was first performed in 1911 at the Chatelet theatre), while Ravel and Debussy dominated French music. Jean-Yves Thibaudet has been playing Ravel's solo piano works for a very long time. Lucette Descaves, his teacher at the Conservatoire, had herself been very close to Ravel and had made a point of passing on her admiration to her young pupils. A few years later, Jean-Yves Thibaudet made a recording of his complete piano works that is still among the best references even today.