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From the horse's... err... piano

Wonderful. Worth buying even if (as I do) you already know the pieces for the opportunity to hear them how Ravel heard them in his head. I'd read years ago a quote from him complaining that pianists played the Pavane too slowly - he joked that it was the "infante" who was dead, not the score - listen to this and note the difference in tempo.


Born: 07 March 1875 in Ciboure, Basses-Pyrénées, France

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '/0s, '00s, '10s, '20s, '30s

A French composer known for melodic and tonal invention. Giving the lie to the idea that turn-of-the-century musical trends were necessarily elite impressionism or "decadent" (whatever that may mean), Ravel's music always speaks directly to the heart in a subtle rhythmic sense through great melody, harmonic richness, and iridescent orchestration. (The art of stacking partials in Ravel's Boléro and in the work of Ives predate harmonic synthesis in electronic music by half a century.) Ravel's ballet...
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  • £3.95
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: 24 November 2009

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