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Concert

Ravel - Tzigane

Duration : 19 minutes

The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with Anna Tifu, conducted by Mikko Frank, perform Ravel's "Tzigane". Live concert recorded on 14 September 2018 at the Radio France Auditorium.

After hearing the Hungarian violinist Jelly d’Arányi (grandniece of Joseph Joachim) performing Béla Bartók's Sonata no.1 in London in 1922, Ravel composed Tzigane for her. As he mentioned in a letter to Bartók: "For our friend who plays so effortlessly you have convinced me to write a piece which in his diabolical difficulty will revive the Hungary of my dreams". The work evokes a Hungarian, or more precisely gypsy, inspiration, full of virtuosity. Made up of one single movement, the Tzigane is full of passionate impulses of all kinds, stemming from a tense opening, almost lugubrious, and finishing in a state of exuberant folie. 

The violin tackles alone the introduction, bringing to mind a gypsy-influenced dance already full of dexterity and virtuosity. The orchestra then takes over, creating a frantic dialogue in which the soloist and the instrumental ensemble challenge one another virtuosically, but always with refinement.

Written by Pierre-René Serna.

Berlioz, Chausson, Ravel, Matalon and Debussy, performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Full concert
Berlioz, Chausson, Ravel, Matalon and Debussy, performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio, Paris
Composer·rice
Maurice Ravel
Maurice Ravel
All artists
  • Mikko Franck
    Mikko FranckConductor
  • Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio FranceOrchestra
  • Anna TifuPerformer