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Symphonic Music - Released April 13, 2018 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Recording Ravel's music on period instruments is the kind of thing that might raise a smile... until you realise just how much the production of instruments has changed in less than a hundred years: it's the return of catgut strings, skin drum heads, the French basson (and not the German system bassoon which is used across all the world's orchestras today), shaper tips, trumpets and trombones of French manufacture. At the head of his orchestra Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth gives a new, orthodox, historically-informed version of Ma Mère l’oye (complete ballet), the Tombeau de Couperin and Shéhérazade, the long-neglected "ouverture de féérie" [Fairy Overture] which is pure Ravel. This return to the roots is clearly easier and more straightforwardly authentic for this period of music history, because, unlike earlier works, we possess recordings which date back to the 1920s, and even earlier, which can tell us about the style, the colours, the phrasing and the tempo. But it isn't enough just to have all this historical information to hand to make something interesting. What makes this record thrilling is that all the musicians in the Siècles are excellent, and François-Xavier Roth is a talented artist himself, who knows this music inside out. At which point, his complete recording of Stravinsky's Firebird has already struck us with its quality. This rediscovery of Ravel resounds with clarity and finesse; it is a feast of well-defined timbres which cuts against the "beautiful sound" which prevails in orchestras around the world today. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Ballets - Released March 17, 2017 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 4 étoiles de Classica
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Classical - Released April 8, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released April 22, 2013 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released July 31, 2007 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 1, 1998 | Deutsche Grammophon Classics

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Classical - Released October 14, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1995 | Deutsche Grammophon Classics

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released April 24, 2015 | Erato - Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Victoire de la musique - Choc de Classica
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Classical - Released January 1, 1987 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 22, 2009 | Fuga Libera

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - 10 de Classica-Répertoire - 8/10 de Trax
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Solo Piano - Released March 24, 2014 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released December 17, 2012 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 1, 2013 | SWR Classic

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
Volume 1 of Stéphane Denève's series of the orchestral works of Maurice Ravel offers five of the composer's most popular compositions. Easily the best known is Boléro, a sophisticated study in orchestration built on a hypnotic ostinato that steadily rises to a violent climax. Right behind it in fame is La valse, which has a similarly obsessive waltz rhythm and a trajectory to an explosive conclusion. While these pieces are the most celebrated in Ravel's oeuvre, not least because of their memorable build-ups, the three remaining selections are much subtler in their orchestral effects and musical styles. Le tombeau de Couperin, based on the collection for piano, is an elegant suite displaying opulent impressionistic colors worked into Baroque dance forms. Alborada del Gracioso is the orchestral version of a dazzling and enormously difficult movement from the piano collection Miroirs, and it is a sparkling character piece that plays off the virtuosity of the original. Rapsodie espagnole is a tour de force of exotic colors and melodies based on Spanish folk music, always a source of inspiration for French composers. Denève leads the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra in these 2012 performances, and the playing is vibrant and atmospheric, winning high marks for the delicate execution and carefully blended timbres that make Ravel's orchestral music marvelously transparent and magical.
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Classical - Released November 3, 2017 | belvedere edition

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Humour/Spoken Word - Released February 3, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released December 31, 1998 | Warner Classics

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Full Operas - Released April 7, 2017 | BR-Klassik

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica
Recorded live in April 2016 at the Prinzregententheater in Munich with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, this new rendering of Ravel’s L’Heure espagnole boasts, above all, an exemplary cast with only native French-speaking singers – four Frenchmen, Gaëlle Arquez as Concepción, Julien Behr as Gonzalve, Mathias Vidal as Torquemada, Alexandre Duhamel as Ramiro – and the Belgian Lionel Lhote singing Don Iñigo Gomez. In other words, and this is not such a frequent occurrence, the happy listener will be able to hear the work sung by a marvelously youthful cast with perfect experience and a totally impeccable French pronunciation, as well as an insiders’ understanding of the libretto’s gallic essence. This is a recording that ranks very high amongst the best recordings of Ravel’s masterpiece. © SM/Qobuz
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Symphonic Music - Released May 12, 2017 | SWR Classic

Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica
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Classical - Released November 29, 2013 | Brilliant Classics