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The Prix de Rome Debacle

All roads lead to Rome, they say, but not in Ravel's case. Donald Macleod looks at Ravel's music and career, following the Prix de Rome scandal.

All roads lead to Rome, they say, unless your name is Maurice Ravel. Donald Macleod continues the story of Ravel's life and music, looking today at his period of extraordinary creativity following the disappointments of the Prix de Rome scandal. Ironically, Ravel's failure in that enterprise would lead to invitations to a luxury boating holiday, and a period of extraordinary inspiration.

Introduction & Allegro
Osian Ellis, Harp
Melos Ensemble

Histoires Naturelles: Le Cygne, Le Martin-Pêcheur
Nora Gubisch mezzo-soprano
Alain Altinoglu, piano

Rapsodie Espagnol: Feria
Tonhalle Orchester Zurich
Lionel Bruinguier, conductor

Gaspard de la Nuit: Ondine, Le Gibet
Bertrand Chamayou, piano

L'Heure Espagnole (extract)
Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano
Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, tenor
Brett Polegato, baritone
Peter Rose, bass
BBC Philharmonic
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Maurice Ravel

    Introduction and allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet

    Performer: Osian Ellis. Performer: Melos Ensemble.
    • DECCA.
    • 452 891-2-.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Histoires naturelles (Nos 3 and 4)

    Conductor: Alain Altinoglu. Performer: Nora Gubisch.
    • NAIVE.
    • V5304.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Feria (Rapsodie Espagnole)

    Conductor: Lionel Bruinguier. Performer: Tonhalle Orchester Zürich.
    • Decca.
    • 4795524.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Ondine; Le Gibet (Gaspard de la nuit)

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
  • Maurice Ravel

    L' Heure espagnole (Scenes 16-18)

    Conductor: Lorin Maazel. Performer: Gabriel Bacquier. Performer: Jane Berbié. Performer: Orchestre national de France.
    • DG.
    • 423 719-2.
  • Maurice Ravel

    L' Heure espagnole (Final scene)

    Conductor: Lorin Maazel. Performer: Gabriel Bacquier. Performer: Jane Berbié. Performer: Orchestre national de France.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 423-719 2.

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