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
Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor
Angela Hewitt, piano
String Quartet in F
Emerson String Quartet
Bertrand Chamayou, piano
Bertrand Chamayou, piano.
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