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Maurice Ravel

Joseph Maurice Ravel was a French composer who is often associated with impressionism along with his elder contemporary Claude Debussy, although both composers rejected the term. In the 1920s and 1930s Ravel was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer.
Born to a music-loving family, Ravel attended France's premier music college, the Paris Conservatoire; he was not well regarded by its conservative establishment, whose biased treatment of him caused a scandal. After leaving the Conservatoire Ravel found his own way as a composer, developing a style of great clarity, incorporating elements of baroque, neoclassicism and, in his later works, jazz. He liked to experiment with musical form, as in his best-known work, Boléro (1928), in which repetition takes the place of development. He made some orchestral arrangements of other composers' music, of which his 1922 version of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition is the best known.
As a slow and painstaking worker, Ravel composed fewer pieces than many of his contemporaries. Among his works to enter the repertoire are pieces for piano, chamber music, two piano concertos, ballet music, two operas, and eight song cycles; he wrote no symphonies and only one religious work. Many of his works exist in two versions: a first, piano score and a later orchestration. Some of his piano music, such as Gaspard de la nuit (1908), is exceptionally difficult to play, and his complex orchestral works such as Daphnis et Chloé (1912) require skilful balance in performance.

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Après un Rêve Belle Époque – Nights at the Piano
Emmanuel Despax
Maurice Ravel
Maurice Ravel, In Search of Lost Dance
Linos Piano Trio
Maurice Ravel, Cyril Scott, George Enescu
Cristian Sandrin
Claude Debussy, Frits Celis, Maurice Ravel
Jeux de Couleurs
Trio Khaldei
The London Recordings Vol. 1
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
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... du silence au silence
Veronica Kuijken | Helena Macherel
Dieter Ilg
Ravel (vinyl)
Dieter Ilg
Maurice Ravel
À Moune
Lina Tur Bonet
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The Unreleased Berlin Studio Recordings
Henryk Szeryng
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Revue Blanche
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Stolen Music
Linos Piano Trio
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clair-obscur saxophone quartet
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Hannes Minnaar
George Enesco, Maurice Ravel, Benjamin Britten
Enescu & Britten & Ravel
Amatis Trio
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Pas de Deux
Daniel Rowland / Maja Bogdanović
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Alles Walzer, einmal anders
Dora Deliyska
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Modest Mussorgsky, Maurice Ravel, Olivier Messiaen
Mussorgsky, Messiaen, Ravel
Peter Donohoe
Maurice Ravel, Gabriel Fauré
Au Suivant!
Flex Ensemble
Maurice Ravel
Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Works
Larissa Dedova
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Jiyoon Lee
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The Unreleased Recitals at The Concertgebouw 1975 - 1976 - 1978 - 1979 - 1980
Emil Gilels
Frederick Delius, Maurice Ravel, César Franck
Retrospective: French Sonatas
Ittai Shapira | Jeremy Denk
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Pierrots Lunaires
Mélanie Clapiès | Yan Levionnois
Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy
La Mer / Ma Mère l’Oye
Het Gelders Orkest / Antonello Manacorda
Zoltán Kodály, Maurice Ravel
Kodaly and Ravel Sonatas for Violin and Cello
Kirsten Yon and Jeffrey Lastrapes
Maurice Ravel, Michele McGovern
Falling Leaves
Michele McGovern
George Enescu, Maurice Ravel, Nikos Skalkottas
Enescu & Ravel & Skalkottas, Violin Sonatas
Jonian Ilias Kadesha & Nicholas Rimmer
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A Retrospective Volume 2
Steven Staryk
Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy
Debussy & Ravel
Feininger Trio
Historical Recordings
Karlrobert Kreiten
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Petite Delights - Romantic Music for Flute & Harp
Maurice Ravel
Rêve d'Enfant
Sophie Rosa
Maurice Ravel, Dinu Lipatti
Lignes Claires
Julien Libeer
Tailleferre & Fontyn & Ravel
Morgenstern Trio
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Des Melodies
Stephen Lancaster / Martin Katz
Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel
PORTRAITS VIII - Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr Vol. 32
Joseph Moog etc
Piano Trios
Lions Gate Trio
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Dutch Masters and their inspiration
The Stolz Quartet
Maurice Ravel, Philipp Jarnach, Béla Bartók
Im Freien / Out Of Doors - Ravel Jarnach Bartok -
Lucy Jarnach
Mare Nostrum (LP)
Paolo Fresu / Richard Galliano / Jan Lundgren
Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky
Mother Goose, La valse / The Rite of Spring
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Temirkanov
Maurice Ravel, George Gershwin, Philip Glass
Ruhr Piano Festival Edition Vol. 29
Juan Pérez Floristán, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Cheng Zhang & Bertrand Chamayou
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Sempre Libera
Eli Kristin Hanssveen/Operaorkesteret
Violent Viola
Esther Apituley
Aram Khachaturian, Maurice Ravel
Orchestral Suites from Spartacus and Gayane
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Maurice Ravel
Piano trios
Trio Mondrian
Zoltán Kodály, Maurice Ravel, Erwin Schulhoff
Duos for violin & violoncello
Liza & Dmitry Ferschtman
Amstel Tracks Now!
Amstel Quartet
Leoš Janáček, Maurice Ravel, Sergei Prokofiev
From the Street
Ivana Gavrić
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LCO Live
London Chamber Orchestra
Robert Schumann, Maurice Ravel, Alexander Scriabin
Alexei Volodin
Karol Szymanowski, Maurice Ravel
PARIS: Karol Szymanowski & Maurice Ravel & Szymon Laks
Szymanowski Quartet
French Saxophones - 25 Years Jubilee
Aurelia Saxophone Quartet
Claude Frank; Kirill Gerstein; Tim Horton; Tanara Stefanovich; Nikolai Tokarev
A Quatre Mains Françaises
Leo Van Doeselaar / Wyneke Jordans
Piano Trios From France
Altenberg Trio Wien
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Ma Mère l'Oye
Per Musica
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French Choral Music
Netherlands Chamber Choir
Maurice Ravel, Frédéric Chopin
Le Tombeau de Couperin & Chopin: 24 Préludes Op. 28 (Live)
Ivo Janssen