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Greatest Violinist?

Someone who has given me very valuable feedback on my site once mentioned how David Oistrakh, in his opinion, was the greatest violinist. Here are a few works by him.

Brahms – Sonata for violin and piano no. 3 in D minor / Adagio


How playful Beethoven can be!

Beethoven-Serenade For Flute, VIolin And Alto In D Major-I-entrata-Allegro


Debussy – Prelude ‘la Fille Aux Cheveux

Debussy Debussy and Ravel to break down prejudice! Ravel

Debussy and Ravel to break down prejudice!

A request to include Debussy and Ravel on this site led me to some soul searching. Why had I dismissed them both as composers whose music – for the most part – I didn’t like? How did I know I didn’t “like” them? –  if I only had two single pieces by Debusssy and NOTHING by Ravel. I had gone shopping for more Debussy in the past, but was never moved to buy anything more. All I knew by Ravel was Bolero. Everything further I listened to was a turn off.

(* Ravel on Bolero: He described it as trivial … “A piece for orchestra without music” !!!)

As I expanded my search I noticed that they were often included on the same albums; indicating an ‘affinity’ / connection. They were both referred to as “Impressionist Music” (a term that Debussy didn’t like)

So what did I find to break down my prejudices? (or re-inforce them in the case of Aoua!)

MY SINCERE APOLOGIES to lovers of Debussy and Ravel for this superficial and narrow view of their work.

First to Debussy : Claire de Lune.  This was one of the only two pieces I had by Debussy. We all love this one don’t we?!



Here was the other one I had in my library at the time of the request. Gamboling about those hills that are Alive with the Sound of music.

Reverie for oboe and orchestra


Is this a  partially succesfull attempt to pull at our heart strings? 

Debussy Valse Romantique


Now here’s Ravel: This piece almost broke my Ravel prejudice. Why almost? Because it sounds to me like a Rachmaninoff wannabe! They were exact contemporaries, and to my ear it’s Rachmaninoff on a bad day.

Pavane pour une infante defunte


And I like this piece too … BUT –  Ravel mentions St. Saens and Satie as influences and it sounds like he placed one cup of St. Saens and one and a half cups of Satie in a blender and just blended them up.

Piano concerto in G major / adagio assai


YUK! If I wanted to be seduced into a suicidal state, or clinical depression; or encouraged to pull my hair out … I would turn to Yoko Ono, or contemporary cutting edge heavy death-metal.