Listening: Happy 137th birthday to Maurice Ravel


French composer Maurice Ravel was born on this day in 1875. To mark the occasion, here are three absorbing samples of his work:

  • French choir Accentus (we meet music director Laurence Equilbey at the start) performing the Pavane of Sleeping Beauty, from the Mother Goose suite:
  • The great Géard Souzay sings Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, the last three songs Ravel wrote. If his interpretation seems a bit understated, close your eyes and listen again:
  • Angela Hewitt playing Le Tombeau de Couperin at Koerner Hall, courtesy of the CBC:

John Terauds

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3 thoughts on “Listening: Happy 137th birthday to Maurice Ravel

  1. I’ve long been a Ravel fan, and know most of his works, but the piece that continues to blow me away with every listen is the F-major String Quartet.

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