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Ravel: L'Heure espagnole - Bolero

François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles

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The main attraction of the orchestra Les Siècles and its conductor François-Xavier Roth is its use of period instruments from around 1900, the time period in which the group specializes. One could hardly ask for a better demonstration record (as audiophiles used to call them) than this take on Maurice Ravel's L'Heure espagnole, an edgy, rather tawdry but undeniably funny little opera about the extramarital escapades of a clockmaker's wife, complete with excellent satirical characterizations of her two lovers. The opera receives a pitch-perfect performance here from a quintet of younger singers, who deliver the kind of dry, close-to-spoken singing Ravel wanted. Even better, though, is the orchestral sound, where the opera's large contingent of winds, brass, and percussion displays the sound of Les Siècles at its most vivid. The score calls for trios of oboes, clarinets, and bassoons, and these all have a tangier sound than modern instruments provide. The program ends with Boléro, and this, too, stands out from among the hundreds or thousands of other recordings on the market. Ravel had very fixed ideas about how he wanted the work to sound, and he wrangled with Arturo Toscanini, who conducted the premiere in New York, about it: it should be played absolutely straight, with no variation in tempo and little expression. Notwithstanding the connotations that became attached to the work later on, he viewed it as an abstract work, and that is exactly what it becomes in Roth's bracing reading. Listeners who have been wanting to sample Roth's work with this orchestra are enthusiastically encouraged to try this release, which made classical best-seller charts in the summer of 2023.

© James Manheim /TiVo

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Ravel: L'Heure espagnole - Bolero

François-Xavier Roth

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L'heure espagnole, M. 52 (Maurice Ravel)

1
Introduction
François-Xavier Roth
00:02:23

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 1 (Maurice Ravel)

2
Señor Torquemada, horloger de Tolède ?(Ramiro, Torquemada)
Thomas Dolié
00:01:56

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Loic Felix, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Thomas Dolie, MainArtist, BaritoneVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 2 (Maurice Ravel)

3
Totor ! (Concepción, Torquemada, Ramiro)
Isabelle Druet
00:01:55

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Loic Felix, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Isabelle Druet, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Thomas Dolie, MainArtist, BaritoneVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 3 (Maurice Ravel)

4
II reste, voilà bien ma chance ! (Concepción, Ramiro)
Isabelle Druet
00:02:30

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Loic Felix, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Isabelle Druet, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 4 (Maurice Ravel)

5
II était temps, voici Gonzalve ! (Concepción, Gonzalve)
Isabelle Druet
00:03:08

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Isabelle Druet, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Julien Behr, MainArtist, TenorSolo

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 5 (Maurice Ravel)

6
C'est fait, l'horloge est à sa place (Ramiro, Concepción, Gonzalve)
Thomas Dolié
00:01:40

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Isabelle Druet, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Julien Behr, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Thomas Dolie, MainArtist, BaritoneVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 6 (Maurice Ravel)

7
Maintenant pas de temps à perdre ! (Concepción, Gonzalve)
Isabelle Druet
00:01:47

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Isabelle Druet, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Julien Behr, MainArtist, TenorSolo

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 7 (Maurice Ravel)

8
Salut à la belle horlogère ! (Iñigo, Concepción)
Jean Teitgen
00:02:07

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean Teitgen, MainArtist, BassVocals - Isabelle Druet, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 8 (Maurice Ravel)

9
Voilà !.. Et maintenant à l'autre ! (Ramiro, Concepción, Iñigo)
Jean Teitgen
00:01:30

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean Teitgen, MainArtist, BassVocals - Isabelle Druet, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Thomas Dolie, MainArtist, BaritoneVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 9 (Maurice Ravel)

10
Évidemment, elle me congédie (Iñigo)
Jean Teitgen
00:02:21

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean Teitgen, MainArtist, BassVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 10 (Maurice Ravel)

11
Voilà ce que j'appelle une femme charmante (Ramiro)
Thomas Dolié
00:02:17

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomas Dolie, MainArtist, BaritoneVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 11 (Maurice Ravel)

12
Monsieur, ah ! Monsieur ! (Concepción, Ramiro)
Isabelle Druet
00:00:31

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Isabelle Druet, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Thomas Dolie, MainArtist, BaritoneVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 12 (Maurice Ravel)

13
Enfin, il part ! (Iñigo, Concepción)
Isabelle Druet
00:03:04

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean Teitgen, MainArtist, BassVocals - Isabelle Druet, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 13 (Maurice Ravel)

14
Voilà l'objet ! (Ramiro, Concepción, Iñigo)
Isabelle Druet
00:01:06

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean Teitgen, MainArtist, BassVocals - Isabelle Druet, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Thomas Dolie, MainArtist, BaritoneVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 14 (Maurice Ravel)

15
Ah ! Vous, n'est-ce pas, preste ! (Concepción, Gonzalve)
Isabelle Druet
00:01:28

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Isabelle Druet, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Julien Behr, MainArtist, TenorSolo

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 15 (Maurice Ravel)

16
En dépit de cette inhumaine (Gonzalve)
Julien Behr
00:01:32

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Julien Behr, MainArtist, TenorSolo

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 16 (Maurice Ravel)

17
Voilà ce que j'appelle une femme charmante ! (Ramiro, Concepción)
Isabelle Druet
00:02:47

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Isabelle Druet, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Thomas Dolie, MainArtist, BaritoneVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 17 (Maurice Ravel)

18
Oh ! La pitoyable aventure ! (Concepción, Gonzalve)
Isabelle Druet
00:02:38

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Isabelle Druet, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Julien Behr, MainArtist, TenorSolo

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 18 (Maurice Ravel)

19
Voilà !... Et maintenant, Señora, je suis prêt (Ramiro, Concepción)
Isabelle Druet
00:01:27

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Isabelle Druet, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Thomas Dolie, MainArtist, BaritoneVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 19 (Maurice Ravel)

20
Mon œil anxieux interroge (Iñigo, Gonzalve)
Julien Behr
00:02:39

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean Teitgen, MainArtist, BassVocals - Julien Behr, MainArtist, TenorSolo

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

21
Adieu, cellule, adieu, donjon (Gonzalve)
Julien Behr
00:01:26

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Julien Behr, MainArtist, TenorSolo

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 20 (Maurice Ravel)

22
ll n'est, pour l'horloger, de joie égale (Torquemada, Iñigo, Gonzalve)
Loic Felix
00:02:11

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Loic Felix, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Jean Teitgen, MainArtist, BassVocals - Julien Behr, MainArtist, TenorSolo

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

L'heure espagnole, M. 52, Scene 21 (Maurice Ravel)

23
Pardieu, déménageur, vous venez à propos ! (Iñigo, Torquemada, Ramiro, Concepción, Gonzalve)
Loic Felix
00:01:21

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Loic Felix, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Jean Teitgen, MainArtist, BassVocals - Isabelle Druet, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Julien Behr, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Thomas Dolie, MainArtist, BaritoneVocals

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

24
Un financier... (Gonzalve, Iñigo, Concepción, Torquemada)
Loic Felix
00:03:26

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist - Loic Felix, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Jean Teitgen, MainArtist, BassVocals - Isabelle Druet, MainArtist, MezzoSopranoVocals - Julien Behr, MainArtist, TenorSolo

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

25
Bolero, M. 81
François-Xavier Roth
00:15:16

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Les Siècles, Orchestra, MainArtist - François-Xavier Roth, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi/ Les Siècles

Album review

The main attraction of the orchestra Les Siècles and its conductor François-Xavier Roth is its use of period instruments from around 1900, the time period in which the group specializes. One could hardly ask for a better demonstration record (as audiophiles used to call them) than this take on Maurice Ravel's L'Heure espagnole, an edgy, rather tawdry but undeniably funny little opera about the extramarital escapades of a clockmaker's wife, complete with excellent satirical characterizations of her two lovers. The opera receives a pitch-perfect performance here from a quintet of younger singers, who deliver the kind of dry, close-to-spoken singing Ravel wanted. Even better, though, is the orchestral sound, where the opera's large contingent of winds, brass, and percussion displays the sound of Les Siècles at its most vivid. The score calls for trios of oboes, clarinets, and bassoons, and these all have a tangier sound than modern instruments provide. The program ends with Boléro, and this, too, stands out from among the hundreds or thousands of other recordings on the market. Ravel had very fixed ideas about how he wanted the work to sound, and he wrangled with Arturo Toscanini, who conducted the premiere in New York, about it: it should be played absolutely straight, with no variation in tempo and little expression. Notwithstanding the connotations that became attached to the work later on, he viewed it as an abstract work, and that is exactly what it becomes in Roth's bracing reading. Listeners who have been wanting to sample Roth's work with this orchestra are enthusiastically encouraged to try this release, which made classical best-seller charts in the summer of 2023.

© James Manheim /TiVo

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