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The Land Caressed by the Sun

Born in the Basque country to a Spanish mother, Ravel was always fascinated by Spain and Spanish music. Donald Macleod traces this influence in Ravel's earliest works.

All this week Donald Macleod looks at the life and music of Maurice Ravel. Today he considers the Spanish influence on the music of Maurice Ravel. Born in the Basque region of France to a Spanish-speaking mother and Swiss-French father, Ravel's Spanish heritage would feature prominently in many of his early works, as he evoked 'the fragrant land caressed by the sun' -to quote the subtitle to his early Habanera.

Habanera (Rapsodie Espagnol)
Pascal & Ami Rogé, piano

Pavane pour une infante defunte
Ulster Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor

Jeux d'eau
Angela Hewitt, piano

String Quartet in F
Emerson String Quartet

Miroirs (exracts)
Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Menuet (1904)
Bertrand Chamayou, piano.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 21 May 2018 12:00

Music Played

  • Maurice Ravel

    Habanera (Rapsodie Espagnole)

    Performer: Ami Roge. Performer: Pascal Rogé.
    • Onyx.
    • 4117.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Pavane pour une infante defunte, arr. for orchestra [orig. piano]

    Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier. Performer: Ulster Orchestra.
    • Chandos.
    • CHAN10251.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Jeux d'eau for piano

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Hyperion.
    • CDA673412.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Quartet in F major for strings (1st and 2nd movements)

    Performer: Emerson String Quartet.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 4455092.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Miroirs for piano (Nos 2-4)

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
    • Erato.
    • 08256 4602681.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Minuet for piano [MS, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris]

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
    • ERATO.
    • 082564602681.

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