Ravel: Orchestral Music (2 CDs)
Ravel: Orchestral Music
London Symphony Orchestra & Minnesota Orchestra, Louis Frémaux & Stanisław Skrowaczewski
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 1
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2
Ravel: La Valse
Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
This generously filled 2CD set offers the near‐complete orchestral works by Maurice Ravel.
Ravel’s oeuvre is small but of an exceptionally high quality, crafted by a perfectionist. His orchestral works are set in extraordinary colours and timbres, the orchestration betrays the hand (and ear) of a genius. Most of Ravel’s orchestral works belong to the standard concert repertoire, ideal vehicles showing the quality of the performing orchestra and conductor: the world famous Boléro, the two Daphnis and Chloe suites, the delirious La Valse, the atmospheric Rapsodie Espagnole and the fairylike Ma mere l’Oye.
Excellent performances by the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Stanislav Skrowaczewski (a golden standard) and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by French music specialist Louis Frémaux.