Ned Rorem in Nantucket - 12 October, 1984

from The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, page 520:

A performance last night on Channel 30 of Ravel's Concerto in G by Michelangeli, Celibidache conducting. Michelangeli has always represented what I most dislike in piano playing, especially in the playing of Ravel. In 'melodic passages' his left hand forever anticipates the right, a nineteenth-century mannerism inappropriate to the concision of harmony innate in Ravel. Celibidache meanwhile is concision personified: the music is a corpse laid out for his exquisite incisions.

cite as

Ned Rorem, The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, volume 2 (San Francisco, 1987), p. 520. accessed: 23 April, 2024

location of experience: Nantucket


Ned Rorem
Critic, essayist, Composer, Diarist […]

Listening to

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Piano Concerto in G
written by Maurice Ravel
performed by Sergiu Celibidache, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

Experience Information

Date/Time 12 October, 1984
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by pashworth on Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:49:24 +0100
Approved on Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:38:52 +0000