Sarah Walker introduces a selection of the essential Ravel including the String Quartet, the song cycle Shéhérazade and some of his "Spanish" works including the Rapsodie espagnole and the Vocalise en forme de habanéra. Her guest is the Ravel authority Barbara Kelly and there'll be one of the Ravel Revealed features available as a free download.
Highlights in this hour include:
A rare recording of songs from the Histoires naturelles (1906) performed by Jane Bathori, the work's dedicatee.
Ravel's gypsy-inspired Tzigane (1924), performed by Chantal Juillet and Pascal Rogé, and featuring the piano luthéal, a recent invention of the time.
Classic performances in this hour include some of Ravel's 'Spanish' works:
Vocalise en forme de habanera
Natalie Dessay (soprano)
Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Michael Schonwandt (conductor)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Jean Martinon (conductor)
In this hour, Sarah introduces her Essential Ravel recommendation: