Maurice Ravel

Biography

Born: Mar 7, 1875; France   Died: Dec 28, 1937; France   Period: Romantic
Maurice Ravel was among the most significant and influential composers of the early twentieth century. Although he is frequently linked with Claude Debussy as an exemplar of musical impressionism, and some of their works have a surface resemblance, Ravel possessed an independent voice that grew out of his love of a broad variety of styles, including the French Baroque, Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Spanish folk traditions, and American jazz and blues. Read more His elegant and lyrically generous body of work was not large in comparison with that of some of his contemporaries, but his compositions are notable for being meticulously and exquisitely crafted. He was especially gifted as an orchestrator, an area in which he remains unsurpassed.
Ravel's mother was of Basque heritage, a fact that accounted for his lifelong fascination with Spanish music, and his father was a Swiss inventor and engineer, most likely the source of his commitment to precision and craftsmanship. At the age of 14, he entered the Paris Conservatory, where he was a student from 1889 to 1895 and from 1897 to 1903. His primary composition teacher was Gabriel Fauré. A major disappointment of his life was his failure to win the Prix de Rome in spite of numerous attempts. The difficulty was transparently the conflict between the conservative administration of the Conservatory and Ravel's independent thinking, meaning his association with the French avant-garde (Debussy), and his interest in non-French traditions (Wagner, the Russian nationalists, Balinese gamelan). He had already established himself as a composer of prominence with works such as his String Quartet, and the piano pieces Pavane pour une infante défunte, Jeux d'eau, and the Sonatine, and his loss of the Prix de Rome in 1905 was considered such a scandal that the director of the Conservatory was forced to resign.
Ravel continued to express admiration for Debussy's music throughout his life, but as his own reputation grew stronger during the first decade of the century, a mutual professional jealousy cooled their personal relationship. Around the same time, he developed a friendship with Igor Stravinsky. The two became familiar with each other's work during Stravinsky's time in Paris and worked collaboratively on arrangements for Sergey Diaghilev.
Between 1909 and 1912, Ravel composed Daphnis et Chloé for Diaghilev and Les Ballets Russes. It was the composer's largest and most ambitious work and is widely considered his masterpiece. He wrote a second ballet for Diaghilev, La Valse, which the impresario rejected, but which went on to become one of his most popular orchestral works. Following his service in the First World War as an ambulance driver, and the death of his mother in 1917, his output was temporarily diminished. In 1925, the Monte Carlo Opera presented the premiere of another large work, the "lyric fantasy" L'enfant et les sortilèges, a collaboration with writer Colette.
American jazz and blues became increasingly intriguing to the composer. In 1928 he made a hugely successful tour of North America, where he met George Gershwin and had the opportunity to broaden his exposure to jazz. Several of his most important late works, such as the Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 and the Piano Concerto in G show the influence of that interest.
Ironically, Ravel, who in his youth was rejected by some elements of the French musical establishment for being a modernist, in his later years was scorned by Satie and the members of Les Six as being old-fashioned, a symbol of the establishment. In 1932, an injury he sustained in an automobile accident started a physical decline that resulted in memory loss and an inability to communicate. He died in 1937, following brain surgery.
In spite of leaving one of the richest and most important bodies of work of any early twentieth century composer, one that included virtually every genre except for symphony and liturgical music, Ravel is most often remembered for an arrangement of another composer's work, and for a piece he considered among his least significant. His orchestral arrangement of Mussorgsky's piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition has been wildly popular with concertgoers (and the royalties from it made Ravel a rich man). Boléro, a 15-minute Spanish dance in which a single theme is repeated in a variety of instrumental guises, has been ridiculed for its insistent repetitiveness, but it is also a popular favorite and one of the most familiar and frequently performed orchestral works of the twentieth century. Read less
French Favourites - Ravel, Milhaud, Debussy / Järvi, Detroit
Release Date: 09/26/2000   Label: Chandos Collect  
Catalog: 6615   Number of Discs: 1
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Ravel, Debussy & Massenet / Bavouzet, Tortelier, BBC Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 11/16/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5084   Number of Discs: 1
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Ravel: Complete Solo Piano Works / Dedova
Release Date: 07/07/2017   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 3581   Number of Discs: 2
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Historical - Debussy, Ravel: String Quartets / Borodin
Release Date: 04/23/2002   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9980   Number of Discs: 1
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Louis Lortie Plays Ravel's Complete Music For Solo Piano
Release Date: 01/20/2004   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10142   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 1.
    Last Concert at La Scala / Pretre, La Scala Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 003159102 Release Date: 02/28/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jacques Offenbach,  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Scala Philharmonic
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    Ravel: Orchestral Works / Chailly, Lucerne Festival Orchestra
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20451 Release Date: 05/24/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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    Ravel: Orchestral Works / Chailly, Lucerne Festival Orchestra [Blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 10451 Release Date: 05/24/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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    Sergiu Celibidache: The Munich Years
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 577886 Release Date: 11/02/2018   Number of Discs: 49
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Helen Donath,  Doris Soffel,  Peter Lika  ... 
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Philharmonic Choir,  Munich Bach Choir  ... 
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    Charles Munch: The Complete Recordings on Warner Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 573813 Release Date: 09/28/2018   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Maurice Ravel,  Johannes Brahms,  Arthur Honegger  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Cortot,  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer,  Jacques Février  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra,  Paris Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire  ... 
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    Leonard Bernstein: An American in Paris
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 573631 Release Date: 08/24/2018   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Ernest Bloch,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Donald McInnes,  Boris Belkin  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
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    Ravel: Complete Piano & Orchestral Works / Francois, Cluytens
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 573644 Release Date: 08/24/2018   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Samson François
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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    Munchner Philharmoniker Live from the 2016 BBC Proms
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110572 Release Date: 02/09/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Galina Ustvolskaya,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Behzod Abduraimov
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Sound of Herbert von Karajan
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 566686 Release Date: 02/02/2018   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Paris Orchestra
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    Boston Symphony Orchestra: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797718 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 57
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Alexander Scriabin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Zukofsky,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Teresa Berganza  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  William Steinberg,  Rafael Kubelik  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Chamber Players
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  • 11.
    La Symphonie de Poche / Simon, Nemtanu, Cussac
    Label: Pavane   Catalog: 7586 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Deborah Nemtanu,  Pierre Cussac
    Conductor:  Nicolas Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Symphonie de Poche
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  • 12.
    Shall We Dance / Andre Rieu
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002735502 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Anthony Hopkins,  Nino Rota  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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    Shall We Dance / Andre Rieu [CD + DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002735600 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Anthony Hopkins,  Nino Rota  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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    DG 111: The Conductors / Various
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797477 Release Date: 08/04/2017   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Alexander Scriabin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Gaston Litaize,  Alain Moglia,  Luben Yordanoff,  Christa Ludwig  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Leonard Bernstein,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Andre Cluytens: The Complete Orchestral & Concerto Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 562261 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Raoul Laparra,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Monique de la Bruchollerie,  Marcelle Meyer,  Zino Francescatti,  Jeanne-Marie Darré  ... 
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire,  Le Grand Orchestre Symphonique Columbia,  Orchestre du Theatre National de l'Opera-Comique  ... 
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  • 16.
    Louis Fremaux Icon: Complete Birmingham Years
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 560476 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet,  Edouard Lalo  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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  • 17.
    New York Philharmonic: 175th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 533636 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Oscar Levant,  Robert Casadesus,  Isaac Stern,  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg,  Josef Stransky,  Arturo Toscanini,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 18.
    50 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002596702 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Bedrich Smetana,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  David Garrett,  Hélène Grimaud,  Max Richter,  Daniel Hope  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel,  Rafael Kubelik,  Herbert von Karajan,  André de Ridder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin  ... 
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  • 19.
    Ravel: Orchestral Works / Cluytens, Francois, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 268 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Samson François
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Purple Classics Presents: The Classical Music Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578336 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Håvard Gimse,  Jenö Jandó,  Lucy Van Dael
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Bjarte Engeset,  Alexander Rahbari,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Discover Symphonic Music
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300718 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Maurice Ravel,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Günther Herbig,  Rolf Kleinert,  Otmar Suitner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Un siecle de musique francaise (A Century of French Music)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192862 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Pierre Boulez,  Claude Debussy,  Erik Satie,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton,  Gervase de Peyer,  Michel Dalberto,  Daniel Varsano  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Charles Munch,  Seiji Ozawa,  Richard Marlow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musique Vivante,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Un Siecle de Musique Francaise: Maurice Ravel
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192932 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Harold Gomberg,  Philippe Entremont
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Ravel: Bolero / Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B002475101 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works / Bringuier, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002463002 Release Date: 04/15/2016   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Ray Chen,  Yuja Wang
    Conductor:  Lionel Bringuier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
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