Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)

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01The Land Caressed by the Sun20180521

Donald Macleod looks at influence of Spain on the early life and music of Maurice Ravel.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

All this week Donald Macleod looks at the life and music of Maurice Ravel. Today he considers the Spanish influence on the music of Maurice Ravel. Born in the Basque region of France to a Spanish-speaking mother and Swiss-French father, Ravel's Spanish heritage would feature prominently in many of his early works, as he evoked 'the fragrant land caressed by the sun' -to quote the subtitle to his early Habanera.

Habanera (Rapsodie Espagnol)
Pascal & Ami Rogé, piano

Pavane pour une infante defunte
Ulster Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor

Jeux d'eau
Angela Hewitt, piano

String Quartet in F
Emerson String Quartet

Miroirs (exracts)
Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Menuet (1904)
Bertrand Chamayou, piano.

01The Land Caressed By The Sun20180521

Donald Macleod looks at influence of Spain on the early life and music of Maurice Ravel.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

All this week Donald Macleod looks at the life and music of Maurice Ravel. Today he considers the Spanish influence on the music of Maurice Ravel. Born in the Basque region of France to a Spanish-speaking mother and Swiss-French father, Ravel's Spanish heritage would feature prominently in many of his early works, as he evoked 'the fragrant land caressed by the sun' -to quote the subtitle to his early Habanera.

Habanera (Rapsodie Espagnol)
Pascal and Ami Rogé, piano

Pavane pour une infante defunte
Ulster Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor

Jeux d'eau
Angela Hewitt, piano

String Quartet in F
Emerson String Quartet

Miroirs (exracts)
Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Menuet (1904)
Bertrand Chamayou, piano.

02The Prix de Rome Debacle20180522

Donald Macleod continues the story of Ravel, and what followed the Prix de Rome debacle.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

All roads lead to Rome, they say, unless your name is Maurice Ravel. Donald Macleod continues the story of Ravel's life and music, looking today at his period of extraordinary creativity following the disappointments of the Prix de Rome scandal. Ironically, Ravel's failure in that enterprise would lead to invitations to a luxury boating holiday, and a period of extraordinary inspiration.

Introduction & Allegro
Osian Ellis, Harp
Melos Ensemble

Histoires Naturelles: Le Cygne, Le Martin-Pêcheur
Nora Gubisch mezzo-soprano
Alain Altinoglu, piano

Rapsodie Espagnol: Feria
Tonhalle Orchester Zurich
Lionel Bruinguier, conductor

Gaspard de la Nuit: Ondine, Le Gibet
Bertrand Chamayou, piano

L'Heure Espagnole (extract)
Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano
Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, tenor
Brett Polegato, baritone
Peter Rose, bass
BBC Philharmonic
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor.

02The Prix De Rome Debacle20180522

Donald Macleod continues the story of Ravel, and what followed the Prix de Rome debacle.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

All roads lead to Rome, they say, unless your name is Maurice Ravel. Donald Macleod continues the story of Ravel's life and music, looking today at his period of extraordinary creativity following the disappointments of the Prix de Rome scandal. Ironically, Ravel's failure in that enterprise would lead to invitations to a luxury boating holiday, and a period of extraordinary inspiration.

Introduction and Allegro
Osian Ellis, Harp
Melos Ensemble

Histoires Naturelles: Le Cygne, Le Martin-Pêcheur
Nora Gubisch mezzo-soprano
Alain Altinoglu, piano

Rapsodie Espagnol: Feria
Tonhalle Orchester Zurich
Lionel Bruinguier, conductor

Gaspard de la Nuit: Ondine, Le Gibet
Bertrand Chamayou, piano

L'Heure Espagnole (extract)
Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano
Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, tenor
Brett Polegato, baritone
Peter Rose, bass
BBC Philharmonic
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor.

03Childish Things20180523

A short man, Ravel was close to the world of children, as Donald Macleod explains.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

There was something about Ravel that never quite put away childish things. Perhaps because he was a very short man, with a love of mechanica toys, l Ravel was very close to the world of children. Donald Macleod continues the story of Maurice Ravel's life and music, and looks at the music of his middle years, when childhood, and when dance forms were particularly important to him..

Ma Mere l'Oye: Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
Pacal & Ami Rogé, piano

Ma Mere l'Oye: Petit Poucet, Laideronette, Les entretiens de la belle et de la bête
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
Stephane Deneve, conductor

Daphnis & Chloe Suite II (extracts)
Tonhalle Orchester Zurich
Zurcher Sing-Akademie
Lionel Bringuier, conductor

Valses nobles et sentimentales (extract)
Angela Hewitt, piano

Piano Trio (movts 1 & 2)
Joshua Bell, violin
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Stephen Isserlis, cello.

03Childish Things20180523

A short man, Ravel was close to the world of children, as Donald Macleod explains.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

There was something about Ravel that never quite put away childish things. Perhaps because he was a very short man, with a love of mechanica toys, l Ravel was very close to the world of children. Donald Macleod continues the story of Maurice Ravel's life and music, and looks at the music of his middle years, when childhood, and when dance forms were particularly important to him. .

Ma Mere l'Oye: Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
Pacal & Ami Rogé, piano

Ma Mere l'Oye: Petit Poucet, Laideronette, Les entretiens de la belle et de la bête
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
Stephane Deneve, conductor

Daphnis & Chloe Suite II (extracts)
Tonhalle Orchester Zurich
Zurcher Sing-Akademie
Lionel Bringuier, conductor

Valses nobles et sentimentales (extract)
Angela Hewitt, piano

Piano Trio (movts 1 & 2)
Joshua Bell, violin
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Stephen Isserlis, cello.

04The War and its Aftermath20180524

Donald Macleod explores the effect of the Great War on the music of Maurice Ravel.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Donald Macleod explores the effect of the Great War on the music of Maurice Ravel, as the composer commemorates the fallen, and develops a leaner style to match the times. Ravel discovers the blues, and incorporates jazz idioms in his later works.

Le Tombeau de Couperin: Prelude
Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Le Tombeau de Couperin: Menuet, Rigaudon
London Symphony Orchestra
Claudio Abbado, conductor

La Valse
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
Lionel Bringuier, conductor

Sonata for Violin and Cello (movts 1 & 2)
Marcia Crayford, violin
Christopher van Kampen, cello

Concerto for the left hand in D major
Steven Osborne, piano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ludovic Morlot, conductor.

04The War And Its Aftermath20180524

Donald Macleod explores the effect of the Great War on the music of Maurice Ravel.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Donald Macleod explores the effect of the Great War on the music of Maurice Ravel, as the composer commemorates the fallen, and develops a leaner style to match the times. Ravel discovers the blues, and incorporates jazz idioms in his later works.

Le Tombeau de Couperin: Prelude
Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Le Tombeau de Couperin: Menuet, Rigaudon
London Symphony Orchestra
Claudio Abbado, conductor

La Valse
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
Lionel Bringuier, conductor

Sonata for Violin and Cello (movts 1 and 2)
Marcia Crayford, violin
Christopher van Kampen, cello

Concerto for the left hand in D major
Steven Osborne, piano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ludovic Morlot, conductor.

05Final Years20180525

Donald Macleod looks at the music that emerged from the last years of Maurice Ravel's life

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

When Maurice Ravel died 'thin and grey as a fog' he left behind a substantial corpus of work, including some of his best loved orchestral works. Donald Macleod concludes his account of the composer's life and work.

L'Enfant et les Sortileges (extract)
Hélène Hébrard, soprano
Delphine Galou, contralto
Nicolas Courjal, bass
Julie Pasturaud, mezzo soprano
Marc Barrard, baritone
Annick Massis, soprano
Orchestre National de Lyon
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Chansons Madecasses: Aoua! Aoua! Mefiez-vous des Blancs!, Il est doux de se coucher
Jessye Norman, soprano

Violin Sonata: II Blues
Lydia Mordkovitch, violin
Clifford Benson, piano

Piano Concerto in G (movts 1 & 2)
Martha Argerich, Piano
London Symphony Orchestra
Claudio Abbado, conductor.

05Final Years20180525

Donald Macleod looks at the music that emerged from the last years of Maurice Ravel's life

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

When Maurice Ravel died 'thin and grey as a fog' he left behind a substantial corpus of work, including some of his best loved orchestral works. Donald Macleod concludes his account of the composer's life and work.

L'Enfant et les Sortileges (extract)
Hélène Hébrard, soprano
Delphine Galou, contralto
Nicolas Courjal, bass
Julie Pasturaud, mezzo soprano
Marc Barrard, baritone
Annick Massis, soprano
Orchestre National de Lyon
Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Chansons Madecasses: Aoua! Aoua! Mefiez-vous des Blancs!, Il est doux de se coucher
Jessye Norman, soprano

Violin Sonata: II Blues
Lydia Mordkovitch, violin
Clifford Benson, piano

Piano Concerto in G (movts 1 and 2)
Martha Argerich, Piano
London Symphony Orchestra
Claudio Abbado, conductor.