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Classics Explained: Ravel - Bolero and Ma Mere L'Oye (Smillie)

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Catalogue number8558032-33
Release date2001-07-16
Discs2

 
 
 
Disc 1
 
  Composer: Ravel, Maurice
  An Introduction to … RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye 97:01
01 Bolero-Introduction; cue to unadorned Bolero rhythm, Part 1 02:29 $ 0.45 USD
02 Bolero rhythm, Part 2: an extended variation of Part 1 00:07 $ 0.02 USD
03 ' Motto ' rhythm complete 00:21 $ 0.06 USD
04 But here we have snare drums and plucked violas and cellos 00:22 $ 0.07 USD
05 Section 1: Introduction of ' the theme ' by solo flute 00:37 $ 0.11 USD
06 Flute continues with Part 2 of theme 00:48 $ 0.14 USD
07 Section 2: Complete statement of theme by clarinet as flute
joins ' motto ' group
01:30 $ 0.27 USD
08 Introduction of ' discordant ' harp into the unfolding
picture
00:18 $ 0.05 USD
09 Section 3: Bassoon introduces closely related variant of
theme
00:34 $ 0.10 USD
10 ...but then veers upwards, slowing rhythm and introducing
new syncopation
00:59 $ 0.18 USD
11 Section 4: ' Petite ' E flat clainet takes over theme,
including variants
01:21 $ 0.24 USD
12 Section 5: Oboe d'amore takes over theme but returns to its
original form
01:34 $ 0.28 USD
13 Section 6: Theme now shared by two instruments: uted trumpet
and flute
01:16 $ 0.23 USD
14 Section 7: Tenor saxophone takes Theme as trumpet replaces
horn in ' motto '
01:39 $ 0.30 USD
15 Section 8: Theme taken by soprano saxphone, ' espressivo ' 01:09 $ 0.21 USD
16 Section 9: Theme: celeste, piccolos and horn; Motto: flute
and French horn
01:24 $ 0.25 USD
17 Section 10: Theme: Oboes, horns, clarinets; Motto: plucked
violas and violins
02:06 $ 0.38 USD
18 Section 11: Theme taken by First Trombone, complete with
jazzy slides
01:40 $ 0.30 USD
19 Section 12: Theme: flutes, oboes, clarinets, sax; Motto:
bassoons, horns, trumpets
01:13 $ 0.22 USD
20 Section 13: Violins at last take the main tune, joining
massed winds
01:14 $ 0.22 USD
21 Section 14: Violins divide into four groups, each '
double-stopping '
01:04 $ 0.19 USD
22 Section 15: Trumpet, trombone 2 and tuba join the foreground 01:18 $ 0.23 USD
23 Section 16: First trombone and soprano saxophone ' rejoin '
theme
00:56 $ 0.17 USD
24 Section 17: Fortissimo; all strings ' double-stopping ';
trumpets added
01:26 $ 0.26 USD
25 Section 18: Entire orchestra now employed, ' as loudly as
possible '
01:18 $ 0.23 USD
26 Section 19: Sudden, amazing change of key, lurching from C
to E major
01:20 $ 0.24 USD
27 Section 20: Key now lurches back to C, as jazzy trombones
whiningly protest
00:36 $ 0.11 USD
28 Cue to complete performance 00:20 $ 0.06 USD
29 Bolero (complete) 16:16 $ 2.93 USD
 
 
Disc 2
01 Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant-Opening figure on flute;
rising, falling, and then reeated
01:04 $ 0.19 USD
02 Same again, with emphasis on delicacy of scoring 00:30 $ 0.09 USD
03 answering variant, accompanied by plucked double basses 00:19 $ 0.06 USD
04 Reminder of opening figure 00:18 $ 0.05 USD
05 ... and now its rhythmical mirror image, or almost... 00:12 $ 0.04 USD
06 Answering Phrase 2: a near-inversion, over ' James Bond '
accompaniment
00:41 $ 0.12 USD
07 Pivotal Phrase 3, reversing direction but keeping rhythm of
Phrase 2
00:46 $ 0.14 USD
08 Reprise of Phrases 1 and 2, but with new accompaniment 00:39 $ 0.12 USD
09 Further Reprise of Phrase 2, now on violin, accompanied by
harp
00:40 $ 0.12 USD
10 Pavane (complete) 01:41 $ 0.30 USD
11 Petit Poucet (Tom Thumb)-Introduction; Opening, with
multi-metre rising scales from muted violins
00:49 $ 0.15 USD
12 Change of metre continue as solo oboe introduces Theme One 00:24 $ 0.07 USD
13 Oboe yields to Cor Anglais for Theme Two, against lower
(still muted) strings
00:44 $ 0.13 USD
14 Theme One returns, shared by clarinet and flute, muted horn
added to accompaniment
00:25 $ 0.08 USD
15 'Motto' rhythm dominates as intensity increases from lower
strings to full orchestra
00:46 $ 0.14 USD
16 Fear subsides as Theme Two returns, again in Cor Anglais but
now in a different key
00:32 $ 0.10 USD
17 Sensational sound effects evoke a wood at night, with
screeches, cuckooing etc.
00:44 $ 0.13 USD
18 Texture thins; Theme one returns, delicately scored for
strings and piccolo
00:19 $ 0.06 USD
19 The main part of movement ends, with waltz-like march(!),
featuring flute
00:28 $ 0.08 USD
20 Petit Poucet (complete) 03:28 $ 0.62 USD
21 Laideronnette, Imperatrice des Pagodes-Introduction; opening
bars, followed by Theme One
02:00 $ 0.36 USD
22 Oriental-orchestral equivalent of an imprial telephone bell 00:15 $ 0.05 USD
23 ... oboe ' answers ' with a very slightly varied version of
Theme One
00:15 $ 0.05 USD
24 Expanded derivative of the ' telephone bell ' interrupts the
theme again
01:00 $ 0.18 USD
25 Fragments of theme in flutes and cor anglais, with ' James
Bond ' tag in violins
00:24 $ 0.07 USD
26 'Gamelan ' music from flute and piccolo, accompanied by
harp, xylophone and strings
00:32 $ 0.10 USD
27 arrival of Empress; upper strings yield to winds, celeste,
harp and (very discreet) gong
00:47 $ 0.14 USD
28 Laideronnette, Imperatrice des Pagodes (complete) 03:57 $ 0.71 USD
29 Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bete- opening 00:51 $ 0.15 USD
30 Characteristic pattern of two short phrases answered by a
long one
00:36 $ 0.11 USD
31 Clarinet, flutes and violas, with ' sighing' figure derived
from downward string motif
00:21 $ 0.06 USD
32 Varied reprise of opening, entry of the ' Beast '; ' Watch
it ! Watch it ! '
00:32 $ 0.10 USD
33 Again the ' Beast ' growls; again the cautious warning '
Watch it ! ' from the winds
00:40 $ 0.12 USD
34 Derivative of Beauty's Theme from flute, combined with '
caution motif ' in strings
00:38 $ 0.11 USD
35 ' Beast's theme ' rises in pitch with each successive ' gowl
' (representing hope?)
00:52 $ 0.16 USD
36 ' Beauty ', ' Beast ' and ' Caution ' motifs all combine
simultaneously
01:12 $ 0.22 USD
37 ' Beast ' (contra-bassoon) climbs ever higher, handing over
to bassoon proper
00:49 $ 0.15 USD
38 Harp's upward glide heralds the moment of transformation;
love song, fear, release
02:09 $ 0.39 USD
39 Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bete (complete) 04:14 $ 0.76 USD
40 Le jardin feerique-Introduction; Opening bars are
unfuuuuuuuuurled by the strings alone
00:40 $ 0.12 USD
41 The rhythmic basis, and its guises. First, a question: '
Where went my childhood?'
01:23 $ 0.25 USD
42 The question intensified:' Oh where went ... my childhood?' 00:15 $ 0.05 USD
43 The answer, with a falling inflection: ' Gone is your
childhood.'
00:20 $ 0.06 USD
44 The plea: ' Bring back my childhood!' 00:14 $ 0.04 USD
45 The response: ' Seek in ... your mem'ry. There it ... will
be.'
00:25 $ 0.08 USD
46 Ravel's use of tone colour to change the feeling of the
music
00:49 $ 0.15 USD
47 Further illustration of the same point 00:27 $ 0.08 USD
48 Continued 01:44 $ 0.31 USD
49 The nobility of the strings 00:45 $ 0.14 USD
50 Bells evoked by French horns; the final, opulent, moving
climax of the whole suite
01:11 $ 0.21 USD
51 Le jardin feerique (complete) 04:00 $ 0.72 USD
 
  Album total 97:01
ComposerRavel, Maurice
ReaderSiepmann, Jeremy
ProducerSoames, Nicolas

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