2020-07-19 17:41:31 UTC
I've always been fascinated by works that started on the piano and were
later orchestrated by the composer. (Offhand I can't think of examples
of the reverse, though I expect there are some.) Sometimes I prefer the
piano version, sometimes the orchestral version, though often I can't
Two I've listened to recently in both versions are Brahms' Variations on
a Theme by Haydn (two pianos) and Ravel's Valses nobles et
sentimentales. I find I much prefer the pianos in the Brahms and the
orchestra in the Ravel.
Although I've heard others I've liked, the piano performance of the
Brahms I keep coming back to is the one by Murray Perahia and Georg
Solti. I haven't settled on any favorites in the Ravel.