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Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Slatkin

Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Slatkin

Naxos  NBD0030

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Classical - Orchestral


Ravel: Alborada del gracioso (orchestral version), Pavane pour une infante défunte, Rapsodie espagnole, Piece en forme de habanera, Shéhérazade - Ouverture de féerie, Menuet antique, Boléro

Jennifer Gilbert (violin)
Orchestre National de Lyon
Leonard Slatkin (conductor)


Ravel orchestrated his piano pieces Alborada del gracioso and Pavane pour une infante défunte to great effect; the former gains in suggestive colour, and the latter evokes nostalgic pathos. Another orchestrated work is the Menuet antique, which is redolent of old French dance forms. Rapsodie espagnole, Ravel’s first major orchestral work, shimmers with expectancy and bursts into Spanish dance rhythms, themes he pursued in Pièce en forme de habanera. His earliest orchestral work, the ‘fairy overture’ Shéhérazade, is all that remains of a planned opera based on The Thousand and One Nights. The famous Boléro, an ‘orchestrated crescendo’ of undimmed power, has proved one of the most popular works in all classical music.

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Comment by Dave Dubbya - September 30, 2016 (1 of 1)

I love this disc. A great recording with a powerful and spacious sound. The Bolero at the end of the disc just makes me want to turn the volume up.