Leonard Slatkin - Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1


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Ravel orchestrated his piano pieces Alborada del gracioso and Pavane pour une infante défunte to great effect; the former gains in suggestive colour, and the latter evokes nostalgic pathos. Another orchestrated work is the Menuet antique, which is redolent of old French dance forms. Rapsodie espagnole, Ravel’s first major orchestral work, shimmers with expectancy and bursts into Spanish dance rhythms, themes he pursued in Pièce en forme de habanera. His earliest orchestral work, the ‘fairy overture’ Shéhérazade, is all that remains of a planned opera based on The Thousand and One Nights. The famous Boléro, an ‘orchestrated crescendo’ of undimmed power, has proved one of the most popular works in all classical music.


1. Alborada del gracioso
2. Pavane pour une infante defunte (version for orchestra)
3. Rapsodie espagnole: I. Prelude a la nuit
4. Rapsodie espagnole: II. Malaguena
5. Rapsodie espagnole: III. Habanera
6. Rapsodie espagnole: IV. Feria
7. Piece en forme de habanera (arr. A. Hoeree for violin and orchestra)
8. Sheherazade, Ouverture de feerie
9. Menuet antique (version for orchestra)
10. Boléro, M. 81: Bolero

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