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Ravel and the Ballet

Katie Derham and guest Deborah Mawer introduce music for the ballet by Ravel: Ma mere l'oye; Valses nobles et sentimentales; Daphnis et Chloe; La valse.

Ravel collaborated with some of the leading choreographers and impresarios of his day including Fokine, Diaghilev and Nijinsky, though not always in happy circumstances. But the musical results were characteristically immaculate and include some of Ravel's most popular works. Ravel specialist Deborah Mawer joins Katie to introduce Mother Goose, Valses nobles et sentimentales, La Valse and the full-length ballet Daphnis and Chloe, Ravel's longest work.

2.15pm
Ravel
Ma mère l'oye - complete ballet
BBC SO
Marc Minkowski (conductor)

2.45pm
Ravel
Valses nobles et sentimentales
Suisse Romande Orchestra
conducted by Ernest Ansermet

3.10pm
Ravel
Daphnis et Chloé - complete ballet
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles (conductor)

4.10pm
Ravel
La Valse
Suisse Romande Orchestra
conducted by Ernest Ansermet.

2 hours, 15 minutes

Music Played

  • Maurice Ravel

    Daphnis et Chloe - ballet

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Mother Goose - ballet(Ma mere l'oye)

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Valses nobles et sentimentales, arr. for orchestra

    Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra.
  • Maurice Ravel

    La Valse - choreographic poem for orchestra

    Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra.

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