Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye (Mother Goose)

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Carnival of the Animals

Carnival of the Animals


Prokofiev:

Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Willie Rushton (narrator)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Ravel:

Ma Mère l'Oye

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sian Edwards

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Louis Fremaux


This delightful collection includes the wonderfully narrated Carnival of the Animals and Peter and the Wolf as well as the joyous Mother Goose – three timeless and well-loved pieces of classical music. Fun for both children and adults alike this music will encourage a keen ear, deep imagination and teach fun educational facts along the way. Children will get carried away in the story and have the adventures brought to life by superb narration and the engaging booklet that accompanies the collection. The booklet text is designed to be read either by an older child of 5 or 6 or with an adult for the younger children. The writer is Sarah Breeden noted for the fun and informative programmes she has written for the BBC Children’s Proms.

EMI Classical Clubhouse - 9556672

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Hermann Scherchen: Unpublished live recs 1945-1965

Hermann Scherchen: Unpublished live recs 1945-1965


Beethoven:

Der glorreiche Augenblick Op. 136

Orchestre Radio-Symphonique

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 2 in C Minor: Scherzo

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Debussy:

Jeux - Poème dansé

Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie Handel

Handel:

Water Music

Orchestra di Roma della RAI

Mozart:

Don Giovanni: excerpts

Bayerischen Rundfunkorchester

Ravel:

Ma Mère l'Oye

RIAS-Sinfonieorchester

Schoenberg:

A Survivor from Warsaw, Op. 46

Hans Olaf Heidemann (narrator)

Orchester des Landestheater Darmstadt

Schubert:

Rondo for violin and strings in A major, D438

Lore Spoerri (violin)

Radioorchester Berominster


Tahra - TAH729/730

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Ravel: Orchestral Works

Ravel: Orchestral Works


Ravel:

Ma Mère l'Oye

Une barque sur l'océan (orchestral version)

Alborada del gracioso (orchestral version)

Rapsodie Espagnole

La Valse

Daphnis et Chloé

Boléro


“The centrepiece of this 2-disc set performed by the Berlin Philharmonic is an extremely impressive recording of the complete ballet, Daphnis et Chloé. Pierre Boulez shapes every phrase beautifully, and the performance from both the orchestra and the Rundfunkchor Berlin is top-notch.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, August 2014

DG Duo - 4779580

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Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye and other works

Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye and other works


Ravel:

Ma Mère l'Oye

Pavane pour une infante défunte

Le tombeau de Couperin - Orchestral version

Valses nobles et sentimentales

Boléro


Decca - 4783171

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Myung-Whun Chung conducts Debussy & Ravel

Myung-Whun Chung conducts Debussy & Ravel


Debussy:

La Mer

Ravel:

Ma Mère l'Oye

La Valse


Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung

Deutsche Grammophon presents internationally acclaimed conductor Myung-Whun Chung and his Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with a new album. The orchestra is “a world-class ensemble” (Berliner Morgenpost) setting a new standard for orchestral music in Korea and regularly breaking records by playing for largely sold-out audiences.

The album includes Debussy’s La mer followed by two live recordings of Maurice Ravel’s Ma mère l'oye and La Valse.

“There's a wonderful sense of rhythmic movement and cohesion to Debussy's music, but at the expense of some detailing which I missed...on this showing of the French repertoire, at which [Chung] excels, the orchestra deserves its place on the world stage.” Classic FM Magazine, December 2011 ***

“The playing has precision and delicacy, showcased in the Mother Goose suite” Financial Times, 13th August 2011 **

“The aqueous glints and flecks of colour in Debussy's La mer are attractively caught in this performance...More than that, though, the playing conveys the surging atmosphere, the fluid movement and the awe-inspiring grandeur of 'De l'aube a midi sur la mer'...The Seoul orchestra's sonority is both ripe and alert to detail, Chung's direction judging the pace and the range of dynamics in the music with a sure sense of its ebb and flow.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2011

“in 2005 [the Seoul Philharmonic] declared its intent to reach world-class status. These three French showpieces demonstrate that, technically at least, it has attained that ambition. The playing is disciplined and beautifully blended. I am struck particularly by the beauty of the sound of the horn section.” Sunday Times, 21st August 2011 ****

“This programme of "symphonic sketches" by French Romantics offers a broad platform for the Seoul Philharmonic to demonstrate their impressive grasp of tone and texture...Debussy's "La Mer" is particularly well handled: highly impressionistic (a word the composer himself despised), it was cinematic before the term became commonplace” The Independent, 19th August 2011 ****

DG - 4764498

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Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra


Britten:

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

Kleinsinger:

Tubby the Tuba

Ravel:

Ma Mère l'Oye


This is ideal music to introduce children to the sounds of the orchestra. The narrators are Christopher Lawrence, Marian Arnold and Emma Ayres. Tubby the Tuba is a welcome addition, as it features as a musical childhood memory for many, but is seldom performed these days.

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Ravel: Complete works for piano duet

Ravel: Complete works for piano duet


Ravel:

Introduction & Allegro for 2 pianos

Rapsodie Espagnole (for 2 pianos)

Entre cloches

two pianos

Boléro

two pianos

Ma Mère l'Oye

piano duet

Fanfare

piano duet

Shéhérazade - Ouverture de féerie

piano duet

Frontispice for poème du Vardar

two pianos five-hands

with David Gardiner (piano)

La Valse (for 2 pianos)


Piano Duo Thorson and Thurber: Ingryd Thorson (piano) & Julian Thurber (piano)

Ravel was a pianist, and the piano was central to his art. The piano was the instrument through which he discovered and expressed innovations in style, technique and expression. He composed at the piano, and, unsurprisingly, many of his orchestral works (Bolero being the exception) appeared in piano versions. Although his entire output is modest – around 60 works, he transcribed more than half of these works for 2 pianos, or piano duet.

Apart from the well known works, this 2cd set contains some little known pieces – Entre cloches of 1897 was only published in 1975, and was originally appended to the Haberna, now better known as the 3rd movement of Rapsodie espagnole. Frontispice for 2 pianos, 5 hands was written in 1918.

Ravel’s mother had died in 1917, and he was deeply attached to her. Her loss resulted in 3 years of musical silence, with the exception of Frontispice. It is a short and very experimental work published with a collection of philospohical war poetry by the Italian Ricciotto Canudo. It is a curiously evocative work, almost surreal.

“These performances from Denmark are all affectionate and notably intelligent and they are powerfully yet pleasingly recorded. The culmination of this set is a fine account of that terrifying masterpiece La valse. Recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, October 1988

Brilliant Classics - 94176

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Gershwin, Ravel & Poulenc

Gershwin, Ravel & Poulenc


Gershwin:

Cuban Overture

Rhapsody in Blue

Poulenc:

L'Embarquement pour Cythère, for 2 pianos

Caprice

Ravel:

Ma Mère l'Oye


Hans-Peter Stenzl (piano), Volker Stenzl (piano)

Ars musici - 13072

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iDuo: Music for 2 Pianos

iDuo: Music for 2 Pianos


Debussy:

Petite Suite

Rachmaninov:

Six Pieces, Op. 11

Ravel:

Rapsodie Espagnole (for 2 pianos)

Ma Mère l'Oye


Andrey Gugnin & Vadym Kholodenko (pianists)

iDuo came into being in 2007, when the brilliant young pianists Andrey Gugnin and Vadym Kholodenko combined their skills as soloists to form a vibrant new piano duo. In their very first year of concert appearances, touring Russia and Italy, iDuo was praised for stunning performances, and was a prizewinner in the 2008 San Marino competition.

The rarely-heard Rachmaninoff Op. 11 Suite is captivating in iDuo’s hands, as is Debussy’s well-loved “Petite Suite.” Ravel’s “Rapsodie Espagnole” is colourful and exciting, and the “Mother Goose” Suite works its magic with deceptive simplicity.

Delos - DE3405

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Marc Albrecht conducts Dukas, Ravel & Koechlin

Marc Albrecht conducts Dukas, Ravel & Koechlin


Dukas:

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Koechlin:

Les Bandar-log (Scherzo des singes), Op. 176

Symphonic poem after Kipling’s “The Jungle Book”

Ravel:

Ma Mère l'Oye


All the French works on this disc are based on Fairy Tales and the accompanying booklet contains notes which are perfectly suited to be read to children.

“PentaTone’s engineers have provided an imposing sonic image in which the wind parts emerge with almost palpable presence...an exceptional release.” International Record Review, October 2010

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Pentatone - PTC5186336

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