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Ravel: L'Heure espagnole & Don Quichotte a Dulcinee / Slatkin

Release Date: 02/12/2016 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8660337   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Nicolas CourjalMarc BarrardFrédéric AntounIsabelle Druet,   ... 
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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The stage works of Maurice Ravel are as delicate and poised as one could imagine. In the Spanish-shaded L’heure espagnole, Ravel gives new vitality into the opera buffa by making the comedic element human, and giving the plot poignancy. Ravel wrote clear vocals, harmonic magic, and radiant orchestration. He imbues Cervante’s famous character with blue-blooded Spanish swagger, while still giving him a sort of heroic kindness and openness.


The sound is exquisitely clear and the playing suave from the
Read more musky clarinets and ticking clocks of the opening to the sudden flush of hot-to-trot harps. Druet captures Concepcion's impatience impeccably [and] Luca Lombardo is an ideally knowing Torquemada, perfectly aware of his wife's roving eye.

– BBC Music Magazine

Leonard Slatkin conducts wth admirable delicacy, with a nice attention to detail. Isabelle Druet expresses Concepción’s frustration and impatience so vividly that you almost forget that you can’t see her. The ever-helpful Ramiro, more brawn than brain, is touchingly sung by Marc Barrard. The entire cast is excellent, in fact, but Frédéric Antoun’s absurd, self-regarding poet deserves a special mention.

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Works on This Recording

L'heure espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Nicolas Courjal (Bass), Marc Barrard (Baritone), Frédéric Antoun (Tenor),
Isabelle Druet (Mezzo Soprano), Luca Lombardo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1909; France 
Don Quichotte ŕ Dulcinée by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  François Le Roux (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; France 

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