Maurice Ravel: The Complete Works

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Maurice Ravel: The Complete Works
Sir Simon Rattle, Martha Argerich, Bertrand Chamayou, Samson François, André Cluytens, Armin Jordan, Lorin Maazel, Charles Münch, etc

[ Warner Classics / 21 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 4 September 2020

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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.

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.


Piano Works:
Sérénade grotesque
Menuet antique
La parade
Pavane pour une infante défunte
Jeux d'eau
Menuet in C sharp minor
Miroirs, 5 pieces for pianpo
Gaspard de la Nuit
Daphnis et Chloé
Menuet sur le nom de Haydn
Valses nobles et sentimentales
A la manière de Borodine

and more

Chamber Works:
Sonata movement for Violin & Piano
String Quartet in F major
Introduction & Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet
Piano Trio in A minor
Sonata for Violin & Cello
Berceuse sur le nom de Fauré
Violin Sonata in G major

Orchestral Works:
Menuet antique
Shéhérazade - Ouverture de féerie
Pavane pour une infante défunte
Une barque sur l'océan (orchestral version)
Alborada del gracioso (orchestral version)
Rapsodie Espagnole
Daphnis et Chloé
Valses nobles et sentimentales
Ma Mère l'Oye
Le tombeau de Couperin - Orchestral version
La Valse
Tzigane (with Vadim Repin, violin)
Fanfare from 'L'Eventail de Jeanne'
Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)
Piano Concerto in G major
Schumann, orch. Ravel: Excerpts from Carnival
Chabrier, orch. Ravel: Menuet Pompeux (No. 9 from Pièces pittoresques)
Mussorgsky, orch. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
Debussy, orch. Ravel: Pour le piano: Sarabande
Debussy, orch. Ravel: Danse - Tarantelle styrienne

Vocal Works:
Ballade de la reine morte d'aimer
Un grand sommeil noir
Chanson du rouet
Si morne!
Deux épigrammes de Clément Marot
Manteau de fleurs
Cinq mélodies populaires grecques
Noël des jouets
Les grands vents venus d'outre-mer
Histoires naturelles (5)

and much more

Also includes Choral works, Operas and various Historical recordings and piano rolls.