Notes & Reviews:
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. Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortileges from Lyon can be found on Naxos 8.660336.
BBC Music Magazine, April 2016
The sound is exquisitely clear and the playing suave from the 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.
Gramophone Magazine, April 2016
Leonard Slatkin conducts wth admirable delicacy, with a nice attention to detail... Isabelle Druet expresses Concepci=n'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 FrTdTric Antoun's absurd, self-regarding poet deserves a special mention.
Recording information: Auditorium Maurice-Ravel, Lyon, France (01/22/2013-01/26/2013); Auditorium Maurice-Ravel, Lyon, France (09/18/2013-09/20/2013).
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Works DetailsRavel, Maurice : L' heure espagnole, opera in 1 act
- Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
- Ensemble: Lyon National Orchestra
- Notes: Auditorium Maurice-Ravel, Lyon, France (01/22/2013-01/26/2013)
- Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1907
Ravel, Maurice : Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, song cycle for voice & orchestra (or piano)
- Performer: Francois Roux
- Notes: The Auditorium Maurice-Ravel, Lyon, France (09/18/2013-09/20/2013)
- Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Vocal
- Written: 1932-1933