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Maurice Ravel – The Complete Works (FLAC)

Maurice Ravel - The Complete Works (FLAC)

Maurice Ravel – The Complete Works (FLAC)

Composer: Maurice Ravel
Performer: Bertrand Chamayou, Alexandre Tharaud, Anne Queffélec, Samson François, Claire-Marie Le Guay, Beatrice Rana, Ingryd Thorson, Julian Thurber, Martha Argerich, Alexander Mogilevsky, Jean-Pierre Armengaud, Olivier Chauzu, Jean-Philippe Collard, Michel Béroff, Giorgia Tomassi, Alessandro Stella, Alexandre Rabinovitch, Dag Achatz, Yukie Nagai, Renaud Capuçon, Franck Braley, Quatuor Ebène, Annie Challan, Gautier Capuçon, Frank Braley, Christian Ferras, Pierre Barbizet, Jacques Rouvier, Vadim Repin, Mady Mesplé, José van Dam, Jean-Christophe Benoit, Jessye Norman, Elly Ameling, Dame Janet Baker, Victoria de los Angeles, Gabriel Bacquier, Marianne Crebassa, Dame Felicity Lott, Gérard Souzay, Valérie Millot, Jacques Grimbert, Philippe Caillard
Orchestra: Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique, Basler Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestre de Paris-Sorbonne, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Conductor: Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Jean Martinon, Carlo Maria Giulini, Riccardo Muti, André Cluytens, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Charles Munch, Alexander Vedernikov, Emmanuel Krivine, Michel Plasson, Lorin Maazel, Armin Jordan, Mikko Franck
Number of Discs: 21
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Warner
Catalogue: 9029528326
Release: 2020
Size: 5.65 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

CD 01
Ravel: Sérénade grotesque
Ravel: Menuet antique
Ravel: La parade
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Ravel: Jeux d’eau
Ravel: Sonatine
Ravel: Menuet in C sharp minor
Ravel: Miroirs, 5 pieces for piano

CD 02
Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

CD 03
Ravel: Menuet sur le nom de Haydn
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Ravel: A la manière de Borodine
Ravel: A la manière de Chabrier
Ravel: Prélude
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Ravel: La Valse

CD 04
Ravel: Shéhérazade – Ouverture de féerie
Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye
Ravel: Fanfare from ‘L’Eventail de Jeanne’
Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Ravel: Entre cloches
Ravel: Introduction & Allegro for 2 pianos
Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole (for 2 pianos)

CD 05
Ravel: La Valse (for 2 pianos)
Ravel: Boléro
Ravel: Frontispice for poème du Vardar
Debussy: Trois Nocturnes

CD 06
Ravel: Sonata movement for Violin & Piano
Ravel: String Quartet in F major
Ravel: Introduction & Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet
Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor

CD 07
Ravel: Sonata for Violin & Cello
Ravel: Tzigane
Ravel: Berceuse sur le nom de Fauré
Ravel: Violin Sonata in G major

CD 08
Ravel: Menuet antique
Ravel: Shéhérazade – Ouverture de féerie
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Ravel: Une barque sur l’océan (orchestral version)
Ravel: Alborada del gracioso (orchestral version)
Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole

CD 09
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales

CD 10
Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin – Orchestral version
Ravel: La Valse
Ravel: Tzigane
Ravel: Fanfare from ‘L’Eventail de Jeanne’

CD 11
Ravel: Boléro
Ravel: Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

CD 12
Schumann: Excerpts from Carnaval
Chabrier: Menuet Pompeux (No. 9 from Pièces pittoresques)
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Debussy: Pour le piano: Sarabande
Debussy: Danse – Tarantelle styrienne

CD 13
Ravel: Ballade de la reine morte d’aimer
Ravel: Un grand sommeil noir
Ravel: Sainte
Ravel: Chanson du rouet
Ravel: Si morne!
Ravel: Deux épigrammes de Clément Marot
Ravel: Manteau de fleurs
Ravel: Shéhérazade
Ravel: Cinq mélodies populaires grecques
Ravel: Cinq mélodies populaires grecques
Ravel: Noël des jouets
Ravel: Les grands vents venus d’outre-mer
Ravel: Histoires naturelles

CD 14
Ravel: Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera
Ravel: Sur l’Herbe
Ravel: Chanson écossaise
Ravel: Tripatos
Ravel: Chants Populaires
Ravel: Trois poemes de Stephane Mallarmé
Ravel: Deux mélodies hébraïques
Ravel: Deux mélodies hébraïques
Ravel: Trois chansons, M69
Ravel: Ronsard à son âme
Ravel: Ronsard à son âme
Ravel: Trois chansons madécasses
Ravel: Rêves
Ravel: Don Quichotte à Dulcinée

CD 15
Ravel: Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Ravel: Les Bayaderes
Ravel: Tout est lumiere
Ravel: Myrrha
Ravel: Alcyone
Ravel: La nuit
Ravel: Matinee de Provence
Ravel: L’Aurore

CD 16
Ravel: Alyssa
Ravel: Trois chansons, M69
Ravel: L’heure Espagnole

CD 17
Ravel: L’enfant et les sortilèges
Ravel: Introduction et allegro, M46
Ravel: Chansons maðécasses, M.78
Ravel: Bolero, M.81

CD 18
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, M.61
Ravel: Sonatine, M.40
Ravel: Miroirs, M.43
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante defunte, M.19
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin, M.68
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, M.55
Ravel: Miroirs, M.43
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major, M.83

CD 19
Jeux d’eau, M.30
Sonatine, M.40
Le Tombeau de Couperin, M.68
Gaspard de la nuit, M.55
Valses nobles et sentimentales, M.61
Miroirs, M.43

CD 20
Shéhérazade, M.41
Histoires naturelles, M.50
Sainte, M.9
Sur l’herbe, M.53
Chansons populaires, M.A17
Deux mélodies hebraïques, M.A22
String quartet in F major, M.35
Tzigane, M.76

CD 21
L’Heure espagnole
Piano Concerto in D major, M.82
Ma mère l’Oye
Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61
La Valse, M.72

Maurice Ravel’s music reflects the cultural and creative ferment of his times, as the heady sensuality of the Belle Époque made way for neo-classicism, the Jazz Age and modernism. Strikingly diverse in mood and scale, his works assert his distinctive identity, expressed through craftsmanship of the utmost finesse and beauty: deeply sensitive and balancing sincerity, irony and a touch of provocation. An essential collection of landmark performances, this 21-CD box of Ravel’s complete works brings together major interpreters of the present day and preceding generations. There are even contributions from the composer himself, as conductor, pianist (on piano rolls) and artistic supervisor.

An enigmatic man whose reputation is no mystery, Maurice Ravel (1875-1937):

One of the greatest French composers and a leading composer of the 20th century

The distinctiveness and scope of Ravel’s musical personality is exemplified by two of his most popular works: the exquisite Pavane pour une infante défunte (composed for piano in 1899 and subsequently orchestrated) and the hypnotically repetitive orchestral Bolero (1928). They could hardly be more different, yet each in its way is characteristic of the composer.

The son of a Swiss father and Basque mother, Ravel grew up in Paris and studied at the Paris Conservatoire, where his teachers included Gabriel Fauré. Among other composers who influenced him were Chabrier, Satie and Debussy. In the early 1900s he attempted five times to win the prestigious Prix de Rome for composers, but he failed each time, perhaps due to unorthodox elements in his music. By 1905, when he made his last attempt, he had already built a reputation as a composer and his rejection by the judges caused a public furore.

The First World War, during which Ravel served as an ambulance driver and suffered the death of his mother, proved a turning point in his life and work. His final decade was marred by neurological disease, but he continued to compose masterpieces and to enjoy considerable success and celebrity, both in France and internationally. Famously, even George Gershwin asked him for composition lessons.

Beyond Bolero: There is so much to discover in Ravel’s music

As meticulous as he was brilliant, Ravel was not a prolific composer, but his output was diverse: works for solo piano (a number of which he also orchestrated); ballet music (including Daphnis et Chloé with its spectacular ‘Sunrise’) and a variety of other orchestral scores; two piano concertos; chamber music; songs (with piano and with orchestra); two operas, and (early in his career) cantatas and choral works. His orchestration of Mussorgsky’s piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition has become the best-known version of the work. Hispanic and ‘exotic’ cultures hold a significant place in his output.

Ravel’s music matches craftsmanship, structure and finesse with often striking sensual beauty, and it frequently balances sincerity with irony and wit with sentiment. His ear for instrumental colour was phenomenal and his orchestration often breathtaking.

Ravel’s 40-year career coincided with a period of exceptionally rich cultural activity and evolution. This is reflected in his music, which develops from late-Romanticism and so-called ‘impressionism’ to incorporate aspects of neo-classicism, jazz and Machine Age modernism. Bolero has been credited with looking forward to the minimalism of the late 20th century.

The Complete Works: A colourful panorama of landmark interpretations

Drawing on Warner Classics’ unrivalled catalogue, Ravel: The Complete Works features superlative interpretations by an array of outstanding musicians, including a number of today’s leading Erato and Warner Classics artists. The recordings in the collection span nearly a century of history.

Ravel’s quintessentially French musical character is reflected in the interpretations selected for the set, making it even more distinctive in the marketplace. The impressive list of performers includes a substantial number of French artists from several generations, while the artists from other countries are notable for their sensitivity to French style.

From the CD and LP era the artists include: Martha Argerich, Bertrand Chamayou, Samson François, Anne Queffélec, Beatrice Rana, Alexandre Tharaud, Renaud Capuçon, Christian Ferras, Vadim Repin, Gautier Capuçon, Quatuor Ébène, Jessye Norman, Janet Baker, Sabine Devieilhe, José van Dam, Sir John Barbirolli, André Cluytens, Mikko Franck, Carlo Maria Giulini, Armin Jordan, Emmanuel Krivine, Lorin Maazel, Jean Martinon, Charles Munch, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Riccardo Muti, Michel Plasson, Sir Simon Rattle.

Historical bonus

Four of the 21CDs exemplify the authentic spirit of Ravel and his times. Ravel himself appears as pianist (on piano rolls) and conductor and also personally supervised a number of the recordings. The performers include: Robert Casadesus, Alfred Cortot, Henriette Faure, Jacques Février, Marguerite Long, Marcelle Meyer, Arthur Rubinstein, Zino Francescatti, Quatuor Calvet, Jane Bathori, Fanny Heldy, Marcelle Gerar, Madeleine Grey, Pierre Bernac, Charles Panzéra, Martial Singher, Piero Coppola, Pedro de Freitas-Branco, Pierre Monteux, Charles Munch.

A luxury boxset in the same vein as the Debussy and the Berlioz ‘Complete Works’ boxes

The covers will carry paintings by the French artist Albert Marquet (1875-1947), a ‘Fauvist’ friend of Matisse. The individual spirit and vivid colours of Marquet’s paintings mirror Ravel’s music

This box is an essential collector’s item

Ravel’s complete works in interpretations of acknowledged excellence and authority which capture the distinctively French spirit (‘esprit français’) of the composer’s art.

Booklet essay by Roger Nichols

The British musicologist, an expert on French music whose biography of Ravel (Ravel, Yale University Press, 2011) rates as one of the best books written on the composer

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