Michel Dalberto plays Ravel

Fondation Louis Vuitton

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Michel Dalberto — Pianist

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Sit back and enjoy a fabulous solo recital by French pianist Michel Dalberto, winner of the 1978 Leeds International Piano Competition who has only continued to rack up accolades and acclaim over the decades. At Paris's remarkable Fondation Louis Vuitton in 2019, the virtuoso performs a 100% Ravel program, amply demonstrating his status as a specialist and champion of French piano repertoire.

Dalberto begins the evening with the spirited, harmonically lush Sonatine, one of the composer's most beguiling works, followed by the Valses nobles et sentimentales, an innovative and eclectic homage to Franz Schubert. He continues with selections from the evocative Miroirs, and finishes his recital with the suite that may represent Ravel's most enduring and monumental contribution to the solo piano repertoire: Gaspard de la Nuit, extraordinarily challenging and, for pianists like Dalberto who can pull it off, exceptionally rewarding—from the ethereal Ondine to the contemplative Le Gibet and diabolical Scarbo.

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