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Classical jazz – when Bollani met Ravel


Classical jazz – when Bollani met Ravel Musica


Stefano Bollani is a popular Italian jazz pianist who also plays classical music. In Rome he performed Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, conducted by British classical conductor Daniel Harding.

Stefano Bollani explained how he felt about playing the piece: "With the exception of the 2nd movement, the piece is very energetic, it's full of accents and small details – which is what, I think, Ravel thought was 'jazz'. Not so much the improvisation aspect, but rather all these irregular accents which sound like an American big band. And it's not by chance that this concert was written after he'd been to America and had been able to hear jazz for real."

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  • Directed by: Musica by Euronews
  • Venue: Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome, Italy)
  • Production date: 2012
  • Duration: 4 min
  • Production: © Euronews
  • Available version(s): FR, EN


  • Stefano Bollani | Pianist
  • Daniel Harding | Conductor
  • Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

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