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Ravel - The Complete Works

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Label: Warner

Cat No: 9029528326

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 21

Release Date: 4th September 2020

Contents

Works

Chabrier, Alexis Emmanuel

Menuet Pompeux (orch. Ravel)

Debussy, Claude

Nocturnes (3) (arr. Ravel)
Pour le piano
» II. Sarabande (orch. Ravel)
Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune (arr. Ravel for piano 4 hands)
Tarantelle Styrienne (orch. Ravel)

Mussorgsky, Modest

Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)

Ravel, Maurice

A la maniere de Borodine
A la maniere de Chabrier
Alborada del gracioso (orch. Ravel)
Alcyone
Alyssa
Ballade de la reine morte d'aimer
Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Faure
Bolero (version for 2 pianos)
Bolero
Chanson du rouet
Chanson ecossaise
Chansons (3) (version for solo voice and piano)
Chansons (3)
Chansons madecasses (3)
Chants populaires (4)
Daphnis et Chloe (first version for solo piano)
Daphnis et Chloe
Don Quichotte a Dulcinee
Entre cloches (arr. for two pianos)
Epigrammes de Clement Marot (2)
Fanfare from 'L'Eventail de Jeanne' (version for piano 4 hands)
Fanfare from 'L'Eventail de Jeanne'
Frontispiece for poeme du Vardar (for two pianos, five hands)
Gaspard de la nuit
Histoires naturelles (5)
Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet (arr. for 2 pianos)
Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet
Jeux d'eau
L'Aurore
L'Enfant et les sortileges
L'Heure espagnole
La Nuit
La Parade
La Valse (solo piano)
La Valse (two pianos)
La Valse
Le Tombeau de Couperin (orchestra)
Le Tombeau de Couperin
Les Bayaderes
Ma Mere l'Oye (Mother Goose) (arr. for four hands)
Ma Mere l'Oye (Mother Goose)
Manteau de fleurs
Matinee de Provence
Melodies hebraiques (2)
Melodies populaires grecques (5)
Menuet antique (orchestra)
Menuet antique
Menuet in C sharp minor
Menuet sur le nom de Haydn
Miroirs
Myrrha
Noel des jouets
Pavane pour une infante defunte (piano)
Pavane pour une infante defunte
Piano Concerto in D major for the left hand
Piano Concerto in G major
Piano Trio in A minor
Poemes (3) de Stephane Mallarme
Prelude in A minor
Rapsodie espagnole (arr. for piano duet)
Rapsodie espagnole
Reves
Ronsard a son ame
Sainte
Serenade grotesque
Sheherazade: Ouverture de feerie
Sheherazade: a song cycle after three poems by Tristan Klingsor
Sheherezade: Overture (arr. for two pianos)
Sheherezade: Overture (original version for paino 4 hands)
Si morne!
Sonata for violin and cello
Sonatine
String Quartet in F major
Sur l'herbe
Tout est lumiere
Tripatos
Tzigane
Une barque sur l'ocean (orch. Ravel)
Un grand sommeil noir
Valses nobles et sentimentales (arr. for orchestra)
Violin Sonata no.1 in A minor, op.post
Violin Sonata no.2 in G major
Vocalise-etude en forme de Habanera

Schumann, Robert

Carnaval, op.9
» no.1 Preambule (orch. Ravel)
» no.16 Valse allemande (orch. Ravel)
» no.17 Intermezzo: Paganini (orch. Ravel)
» no.21 Marche des Davidsbundler contre les Philistins (orch. Ravel)

Artists

Elly Ameling (soprano)
Victoria de los Angeles (soprano)
Nora Amsellem (soprano)
Gabriel Bacquier (baritone)
Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Marc Barrard (baritone)
Jane Bathori (soprano, piano)
Jean-Christophe Benoit (baritone)
Pierre Bernac (baritone)
Yann Beuron (tenor)
Chloe Briot (mezzo-soprano)
Nicolas Courjal (bass)
Marianne Crebassa (mezzo-soprano)
Jose van Dam (bass)
Mireille Delunsch (soprano)
Brigitte Desnoues (soprano)
Sabine Devieilhe (soprano)
Jodie Devos (soprano)
Marc Duguay (tenor)
Pierre Favereau (tenor)
Veronique Gens (soprano)
Marcelle Gerar (soprano)
Madeleine Grey (mezzo-soprano)
Paul Groves (tenor)
Fanny Heldy (soprano)
Jean-Francois Lapointe (baritone)
Elizabeth Laurence (mezzo-soprano)
Felicity Lott (soprano)
Francois Loup (bass)
Mady Mesple (soprano)
Valerie Millot (soprano)
Louis Morturier (baritone)
Jessye Norman (soprano)
Charles Panzera (baritone)
Julie Pasturaud (mezzo-soprano)
Francois Piolino (tenor)
Gino Quilico (baritone)
Tibere Raffalli (tenor)
Gaele Le Roi (soprano)
Michel Senechal (tenor)
Martial Singher (baritone)
Gerard Souzay (baritone)
Nathalie Stutzmann (alto)
Ludovic Tezier (baritone)
Beatrice Uria-Monzon (contralto)
David Abramovitz (piano)
Dag Achatz (piano)
Martha Argerich (piano)
Jean-Pierre Armengaud (piano)
Dalton Baldwin (piano)
Pierre Barbizet (piano)
Michel Beroff (piano)
Robert Bex (cello)
Andre Boutard (clarinet)
Franck Braley (piano)
Gautier Capucon (cello)
Renaud Capucon (violin)
Fernand Caratge (flute)
Robert Casadesus (piano)
Annie Challan (harp)
Bertrand Chamayou (piano)
Olivier Chauzu (piano)
Aldo Ciccolini (piano)
Jean-Philippe Collard (piano)
Alfred Cortot (piano)
Michel Debost (flute)
Henriette Faure (piano)
Maurice Faure (piano)
Christian Ferras (violin)
Jacques Fevrier (piano)
Renaud Fontanarosa (cello)
Zino Francescatti (violin)
Samson Francois (piano)
Claire-Marie Le Guay (piano)
Rudolf Jansen (piano)
Jean-Jacques Kantorow (violin)
Marielle Labeque (piano)
Colette Lequien (viola)
Marguerite Long (piano)
Marcelle Meyer (piano)
Alexander Mogilevsky (piano)
Yukie Nagai (piano)
Madeleine Panzera-Baillot (piano)
Francis Poulenc (piano)
Anne Queffelec (piano)
Alexandre Rabinovitch (piano)
Beatrice Rana (piano)
Maurice Ravel (piano)
Vadim Repin (violin)
Jacques Rouvier (piano)
Arthur Rubinstein (piano)
Fazil Say (piano)
Pierre Simon (violin)
Gonzalo Soriano (piano)
Alessandro Stella (piano)
Georges Tessier (violin)
Alexandre Tharaud (piano)
Ingryd Thorson (piano)
Julian Thurber (piano)
Giorgia Tomassi (piano)
Ensemble de Chambre de l’Orchestre de Paris
Quatuor Calvet
Quatuor Ebene
Choeur de Paris-Sorbonne
Choeurs Rene Duclos
Ensemble vocal Philippe Caillard
Basler Sinfonie Orchester
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire
Orchestre de l’Association des Concerts Lamoureux
Orchestre de Paris
Orchestre de Paris-Sorbonne
Orchestre de l’Opera National de Lyon
Orchestre des Concerts Straram
Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse
Orchestre National de l’ORTF
Orchestre National de Lyon
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Orchestre symphonique de Paris
Orchestre symphonique du Gramophone
Philharmonia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

John Barbirolli
Philippe Caillard
Andre Cluytens
Piero Coppola
Mikko Franck
Pedro de Freitas-Branco
Carlo Maria Giulini
Jacques Grimbert
Armin Jordan
Emmanuel Krivine
Lorin Maazel
Jean Martinon
Pierre Monteux
Charles Munch
Riccardo Muti
Kent Nagano
Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Michel Plasson
Georges Pretre
Simon Rattle
Maurice Ravel
Walther Straram
Andre Vandernoot
Alexander Vedernikov

Works

Chabrier, Alexis Emmanuel

Menuet Pompeux (orch. Ravel)

Debussy, Claude

Nocturnes (3) (arr. Ravel)
Pour le piano
» II. Sarabande (orch. Ravel)
Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune (arr. Ravel for piano 4 hands)
Tarantelle Styrienne (orch. Ravel)

Mussorgsky, Modest

Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)

Ravel, Maurice

A la maniere de Borodine
A la maniere de Chabrier
Alborada del gracioso (orch. Ravel)
Alcyone
Alyssa
Ballade de la reine morte d'aimer
Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Faure
Bolero (version for 2 pianos)
Bolero
Chanson du rouet
Chanson ecossaise
Chansons (3) (version for solo voice and piano)
Chansons (3)
Chansons madecasses (3)
Chants populaires (4)
Daphnis et Chloe (first version for solo piano)
Daphnis et Chloe
Don Quichotte a Dulcinee
Entre cloches (arr. for two pianos)
Epigrammes de Clement Marot (2)
Fanfare from 'L'Eventail de Jeanne' (version for piano 4 hands)
Fanfare from 'L'Eventail de Jeanne'
Frontispiece for poeme du Vardar (for two pianos, five hands)
Gaspard de la nuit
Histoires naturelles (5)
Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet (arr. for 2 pianos)
Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet
Jeux d'eau
L'Aurore
L'Enfant et les sortileges
L'Heure espagnole
La Nuit
La Parade
La Valse (solo piano)
La Valse (two pianos)
La Valse
Le Tombeau de Couperin (orchestra)
Le Tombeau de Couperin
Les Bayaderes
Ma Mere l'Oye (Mother Goose) (arr. for four hands)
Ma Mere l'Oye (Mother Goose)
Manteau de fleurs
Matinee de Provence
Melodies hebraiques (2)
Melodies populaires grecques (5)
Menuet antique (orchestra)
Menuet antique
Menuet in C sharp minor
Menuet sur le nom de Haydn
Miroirs
Myrrha
Noel des jouets
Pavane pour une infante defunte (piano)
Pavane pour une infante defunte
Piano Concerto in D major for the left hand
Piano Concerto in G major
Piano Trio in A minor
Poemes (3) de Stephane Mallarme
Prelude in A minor
Rapsodie espagnole (arr. for piano duet)
Rapsodie espagnole
Reves
Ronsard a son ame
Sainte
Serenade grotesque
Sheherazade: Ouverture de feerie
Sheherazade: a song cycle after three poems by Tristan Klingsor
Sheherezade: Overture (arr. for two pianos)
Sheherezade: Overture (original version for paino 4 hands)
Si morne!
Sonata for violin and cello
Sonatine
String Quartet in F major
Sur l'herbe
Tout est lumiere
Tripatos
Tzigane
Une barque sur l'ocean (orch. Ravel)
Un grand sommeil noir
Valses nobles et sentimentales (arr. for orchestra)
Violin Sonata no.1 in A minor, op.post
Violin Sonata no.2 in G major
Vocalise-etude en forme de Habanera

Schumann, Robert

Carnaval, op.9
» no.1 Preambule (orch. Ravel)
» no.16 Valse allemande (orch. Ravel)
» no.17 Intermezzo: Paganini (orch. Ravel)
» no.21 Marche des Davidsbundler contre les Philistins (orch. Ravel)

Artists

Elly Ameling (soprano)
Victoria de los Angeles (soprano)
Nora Amsellem (soprano)
Gabriel Bacquier (baritone)
Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Marc Barrard (baritone)
Jane Bathori (soprano, piano)
Jean-Christophe Benoit (baritone)
Pierre Bernac (baritone)
Yann Beuron (tenor)
Chloe Briot (mezzo-soprano)
Nicolas Courjal (bass)
Marianne Crebassa (mezzo-soprano)
Jose van Dam (bass)
Mireille Delunsch (soprano)
Brigitte Desnoues (soprano)
Sabine Devieilhe (soprano)
Jodie Devos (soprano)
Marc Duguay (tenor)
Pierre Favereau (tenor)
Veronique Gens (soprano)
Marcelle Gerar (soprano)
Madeleine Grey (mezzo-soprano)
Paul Groves (tenor)
Fanny Heldy (soprano)
Jean-Francois Lapointe (baritone)
Elizabeth Laurence (mezzo-soprano)
Felicity Lott (soprano)
Francois Loup (bass)
Mady Mesple (soprano)
Valerie Millot (soprano)
Louis Morturier (baritone)
Jessye Norman (soprano)
Charles Panzera (baritone)
Julie Pasturaud (mezzo-soprano)
Francois Piolino (tenor)
Gino Quilico (baritone)
Tibere Raffalli (tenor)
Gaele Le Roi (soprano)
Michel Senechal (tenor)
Martial Singher (baritone)
Gerard Souzay (baritone)
Nathalie Stutzmann (alto)
Ludovic Tezier (baritone)
Beatrice Uria-Monzon (contralto)
David Abramovitz (piano)
Dag Achatz (piano)
Martha Argerich (piano)
Jean-Pierre Armengaud (piano)
Dalton Baldwin (piano)
Pierre Barbizet (piano)
Michel Beroff (piano)
Robert Bex (cello)
Andre Boutard (clarinet)
Franck Braley (piano)
Gautier Capucon (cello)
Renaud Capucon (violin)
Fernand Caratge (flute)
Robert Casadesus (piano)
Annie Challan (harp)
Bertrand Chamayou (piano)
Olivier Chauzu (piano)
Aldo Ciccolini (piano)
Jean-Philippe Collard (piano)
Alfred Cortot (piano)
Michel Debost (flute)
Henriette Faure (piano)
Maurice Faure (piano)
Christian Ferras (violin)
Jacques Fevrier (piano)
Renaud Fontanarosa (cello)
Zino Francescatti (violin)
Samson Francois (piano)
Claire-Marie Le Guay (piano)
Rudolf Jansen (piano)
Jean-Jacques Kantorow (violin)
Marielle Labeque (piano)
Colette Lequien (viola)
Marguerite Long (piano)
Marcelle Meyer (piano)
Alexander Mogilevsky (piano)
Yukie Nagai (piano)
Madeleine Panzera-Baillot (piano)
Francis Poulenc (piano)
Anne Queffelec (piano)
Alexandre Rabinovitch (piano)
Beatrice Rana (piano)
Maurice Ravel (piano)
Vadim Repin (violin)
Jacques Rouvier (piano)
Arthur Rubinstein (piano)
Fazil Say (piano)
Pierre Simon (violin)
Gonzalo Soriano (piano)
Alessandro Stella (piano)
Georges Tessier (violin)
Alexandre Tharaud (piano)
Ingryd Thorson (piano)
Julian Thurber (piano)
Giorgia Tomassi (piano)
Ensemble de Chambre de l’Orchestre de Paris
Quatuor Calvet
Quatuor Ebene
Choeur de Paris-Sorbonne
Choeurs Rene Duclos
Ensemble vocal Philippe Caillard
Basler Sinfonie Orchester
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire
Orchestre de l’Association des Concerts Lamoureux
Orchestre de Paris
Orchestre de Paris-Sorbonne
Orchestre de l’Opera National de Lyon
Orchestre des Concerts Straram
Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse
Orchestre National de l’ORTF
Orchestre National de Lyon
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Orchestre symphonique de Paris
Orchestre symphonique du Gramophone
Philharmonia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

John Barbirolli
Philippe Caillard
Andre Cluytens
Piero Coppola
Mikko Franck
Pedro de Freitas-Branco
Carlo Maria Giulini
Jacques Grimbert
Armin Jordan
Emmanuel Krivine
Lorin Maazel
Jean Martinon
Pierre Monteux
Charles Munch
Riccardo Muti
Kent Nagano
Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Michel Plasson
Georges Pretre
Simon Rattle
Maurice Ravel
Walther Straram
Andre Vandernoot
Alexander Vedernikov

About

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 Boléro (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 Boléro: 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. Boléro 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 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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