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Ravel

A five-part biography of Maurice Ravel, and also the first episode of Exploring Music ever broadcast! 

 
Program 1

We examine Ravel's early life, and how his Spanish and Russian heritage shaped his music.

 

Ravel: String Quartet in F Major (excerpt)
Tokyo Quartet
RCA 62552-2
1:31
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Ravel: Habañera fr.
Robert Casadesus, p.
RCA 63316
2:33
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Ravel: Vocalise
Cecilia Bartoli, ms.; Myung Whun Chung, p.
Lon 452667-2
3:29
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Ravel: Jeux d’eau
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, p.
Lon 433515-2
5:33
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Ravel: String Quartet in F Major- I, II, III
Tokyo Quartet
RCA 62552-2
8:28, 5:58, 8:15
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Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso fr. Miroirs(excerpt)
Thibaudet, p.
Lon 448618-2
2:27
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Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso fr. Miroirs
Royal Phil/Previn
EMI 65144-2
7:37
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Program 2

We learn about the inception of Ravel's Pavane, his favorite composers, and his attempt to compose the most difficult piano music ever written.

 

Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess
New Philharmonia Orch/Maazel
RCA 65222
6:20
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Chabrier: España (excerpt)
Ulster Orchestra/Tortelier
Chan 8852
2:18
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Ravel: Rapsodie Espangole- Malagueña
Michel Béroff, p.; Jean-Philippe Collard, p.
EMI 55347-2
2:03
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Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole (excerpts)
Royal Phil. Orchestra/Previn
EMI 63887-2
11:30
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Ravel: Ondine fr. Gaspard de la Nuit
Argerich, p.
EMI 57101-2
5:10
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Ravel: Scarbo fr. Gaspard de la Nuit (excerpt)
Thibaudet, p.
Lon 433515
2:30
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Ravel: Mother Goose (excerpts)
BSO/Munch
RCA 68978-2
14:01, 1:20
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Program 3

We move forward to Ravel's middle years, and watch as he composes minature pieces, joines the Apaches, meets Stravinsky and finally, enlists in the French army. 
 

Wagner: Tristan, Prelude to Act I (excerpt)
CSO/Solti
Lon 411951-2
1:30
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Ravel: Sonatine
Alicia De Larrocha
RCA 60985-2
11:20
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Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe (excerpts)
Royal Concertgebouw/Chailly
Lon 443934-2
19:40
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Ravel: Tombeau de Couperin (excerpt)
Royal Phil. Orchestra/Previn
EMI 47468-2
3:20
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Ravel: Piano Trio (excerpt)
Perlman, v.; Harrell, vc.; Ashkenazy, p.
Lon 444318-2
13:25
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Program 4

In this episode of Exploring Music, Ravel's dreams of joining the army are thwarted, he composes his Le Tombeau de Couperin, with each movement dedicated to a lost friend, and his Bolero. 
 

Ravel: Tombeau de Couperin (excerpts)
Royal Phil/Previn
EMI 47468-2
18:25
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Ravel: La Valse
Vienna Phil/Maazel
RCA 68600-2
13:10
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Ravel: Bolero
CSO/Barenboim
Erato 45766-2
15:45
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Program 5

For Ravel with the roaring twenties came late night parties with Bartok, and an encounter with jazz in Paris. 

 

Ravel: Tzigane
Vienna Phil/Levine; Mutter, v.
DG 437544-2
9:53
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Ellington: Black and Tan Fantasy (excerpt)
RCA 63729
1:50
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Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major (excerpt)
London Phil/Andrew Davis; Tzimon Barto, p.
EMI 49495-2
8:15, 3:58
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Ravel: Violin Sonata (excerpt)
Oistrahk, v; Frida Bauer, p.
Phi 420777-2
5:10
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Ravel: Suite II from Daphnis and Chloe
Royal Concertgebouw/Chailly
Lon 443934-2
16:31
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Ravel: Violin Sonata (excerpt)
Oistrahk, v; Frida Bauer, p.
Phi 420777-2
2:54
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