Mussorgski Ravel

Les Siècles & François-Xavier Roth - Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye, Le tombeau de Couperin (2018) [Official Digital Download]

Les Siècles & François-Xavier Roth - Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye, Le tombeau de Couperin & Shéhérazade, ouverture de féerie (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 56:14 minutes | 493 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

In this recording, it’s interesting to compare the two works for so-called ‘small orchestra’, Le Tombeau de Couperin and Ma mère l’Oye. For, when discussing Ravel’s orchestral music, one thinks more readily of the large symphony orchestra in all its luxuriance, of the teeming array of percussion, which often requires a timpanist and seven percussionists.
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy & Jules Massenet (2010) [Repost]

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy & Jules Massenet (2010)
with BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 240 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5084 | Time: 01:17:00

This stunning and generous collection belongs right at the top of the heap in its respective repertoire. The Debussy is still a comparative rarity in concert if not on disc, a remarkable fact given that it's wholly gorgeous from first note to last. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's excellence as a Debussy pianist already has been acknowledged by just about everyone who has heard him, and needs no further advertisement here. The performance is outstanding, sensitive to every nuance, but also very French in its clear-eyed sensibility and understanding that focused rhythm and supple tempos prevent the music from turning excessively sentimental or blandly pretty. And in Tortelier, Bavouzet has a conductor who seconds him every step of the way. A similar sensibility informs these swift, razor-sharp, and utterly thrilling accounts of the two Ravel concertos. That for the left hand seldom has sounded so exciting, or in its jazzy central march section, so sinister. Listen to the bite that both soloist and orchestra bring to that descending scale theme, and notice the way Bavouzet shapes his cadenza so as to preserve the illusion of multiple parts played by multiple hands–all without slowing down at the tough passages. It's really an amazing performance by any standard. Even the dark opening, often merely murky on other recordings, has shape and urgency, the buildup to the initial entry of the piano creating incredible tension.
Martha Argerich - Argerich & Barenboim: Mozart / Schumann / Beethoven / Ravel (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Martha Argerich - Argerich & Barenboim: Mozart / Schumann / Beethoven / Ravel (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 102:09 minutes | 957 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

As the orchestra today inaugurates its summer performances, the digital record label Peral Music has released Live from Teatro Colón, an extraordinary new album that captures the reunion of legendary pianists Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich in their home city of Buenos Aires, in concert with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.
Quatuor Ebene - Ravel, Debussy & Faure: String Quartets (2008)

Quatuor Ebene - Ravel, Debussy & Faure: String Quartets (2008)
EAC | FLAC (log,tracks+cue) -> 410 Mb (5% Rec.)
Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 214 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics, #:50999 519045 2 4 | 01:20:27

"Paris-based Quatuor Ebene has released three classics of the French repertoire, the quartets of Debussy, Ravel, and Faure. Although the works are frequently grouped together on recordings, they inhabit vastly different aesthetic worlds and are more notable for their individuality than their similarity…
Pierre Boulez conducts Maurice Ravel & Albert Roussel (2009) 4CD Box Set

Pierre Boulez conducts Maurice Ravel & Albert Roussel (2009) 4CD Box Set
BBC Symphony Orchestra; The Cleveland Orchestra; Ensemble Intercontemporain
New York Philharmonic; Philippe Entremont (piano); Harold Gomberg (oboe)
Jessye Norman (soprano); Jill Gomez (soprano); José van Dam (baritone)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.14 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 665 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697562292 | Time: 04:48:51

A milestone of music making, this 4 CD boxed set collects Maurice Ravel’s lush orchestral oeuvre in a collection of defining performances conducted by Pierre Boulez. A vivid testament to the ineffable incalculable role a conductor fills in any interpretation, ‘Pierre Boulez Conducts Ravel’ includes many of Ravel’s best known compositions along with the valuable addition of less recorded and long out of print gems such as Jessye Norman’s luminous Chansons Madécasses with members of Ensemble InterContemporaín and the Piano Concerto in D major for the Left Hand, played thrillingly here by Phillipe Entremont with an inspired lights out Cleveland Orchestra. Boulez’s prowess with the music of Ravel takes many forms, robust, muscular, capable of great tenderness, inquisitive, insouciant, and this collection of almost 5 hours of music allows one to immerse completely within the rich motherlode of genius that was Maurice Ravel. Includes informative 28-page booklet.
Montreal SO & Chorus, Pascal Roge, Charles Dutoit -  Ravel: Orchestral Works; Piano Concertos, etc (2005) 4CD Box Set

Maurice Ravel: Orchestral Works; Piano Concertos;
L'Enfant et les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade (2005) 4CD Box Set
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal & Chœurs; Charles Dutoit, conductor
Pascal Rogé, piano; John Zirbel, horn; Theodor Baskin, oboe;
Catherine Dubosc, soprano; Timothy Hutchins, flute

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.14 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 701 Mb | Scans ~ 33 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 6891 DC4 | Time: 05:03:53

For listeners who prefer their Ravel lushly textured, luminously colored, and luxuriantly impressionistic, this four-disc set of his orchestral music performed by Charles Dutoit and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal will be just the thing. Recorded between 1981 and 1995 in warmly opulent Decca sound and including all the canonical works plus the two piano concerts and the opera L'Enfant et les sortiléges, Dutoit's approach to Ravel is decidedly sensual, even tactile. One can feel the excitement in the closing "Dance générale" of Daphnis et Chloé, sense the energy in La Valse, smell the sea in Une barque sur l'océan, and touch the dancer's flushed skin in Boléro. This is not to say that details are lost in Dutoit's performances – with the superlative playing of the Montreal orchestra, one can assuredly hear everything in the scores. Nor is this to say that Dutoit neglects the music's clear shapes and lucid forms – with a decisive beat and a clean technique, Dutoit's interpretations are models of clarity. But it is assuredly to assert that, for sheer aural beauty, these recordings cannot be beat. With the very virtuosic and very French playing of Pascal Rogé in the two piano concertos plus very characterful singing in L'Enfant, this set will be mandatory listening for all those who love Ravel.
Claudio Abbado, London Symphony Orchestra - Maurice Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works (2002) (3CD Box Set)

Claudio Abbado, London Symphony Orchestra - Maurice Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works (2002)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 726 Mb | 03:20:33 | Scans included
Classicsal, Orchestral | Country: USA | Label: Deutsche Grammophon - 289 469 354-2

Famous conductor and musician, Claudio Abbado was internationally known for serving up a repertoire of music from the poetry of Holderlin, the legend of Faust or works that depict German drama. He conducted several orchestras worldwide and received numerous awards for his masterful genius. His works include Mendelsshon's Midsummer Night's Dream and Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto.
Alice Ader - Maurice Ravel: Complete Piano Works (2012) 2CD [Re-Up]

Alice Ader - Maurice Ravel: Complete Piano Works (2012) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 458 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 329 Mb | Scans ~ 129 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Fuga Libera | # Fug592 | Time: 02:23:44

Alice Ader’s first Debussy disc (Erato) won all the awards in the specialist press on its release twenty years ago and is still regarded as an unequalled benchmark. Now this unconventional pianist at last unveils her recording of the complete Ravel piano works. And what better moment could there be than Debussy Year to present these two hours or so of music in dialogue, en Miroirs as it were, with the œuvre of ‘Claude de France’? Ravel, the hot-blooded Swiss watchmaker, the discreet Lisztian, the mediocre pianist who made such extreme demands on his colleagues, the man of so many sublime paradoxes, deserves only the finest interpreters: those who take the time to explore his deepest recesses. Alice Ader, light-years away from the flashy gestures often encountered in this music, takes us to the very heart of one of the most secretive composers of his time.
Louis Lortie - Maurice Ravel: Complete Works for Solo Piano (2003) 2CDs

Louis Lortie - Maurice Ravel: Complete Works for Solo Piano (2003) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 407 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 325 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN X10142(2) | Time: 02:20:44

By virtue of their diverse styles and extraordinary technical demands, Ravel's solo piano works present a daunting challenge to anyone who would record them as a complete set. From the sublime Pavane pour une infante défunte and the crystalline Sonatine, to the dazzling impressionism of Miroirs and the nightmarish intricacies of Gaspard de la nuit, Ravel's keyboard music reflects all aspects of his spontaneous imagination and his involved artistic development. Few performers have completely mastered this complex body of work and recorded it superbly, but versatile Canadian pianist Louis Lortie is in that select company. His 1988 performances have been esteemed for their consistency, sensitivity, and compelling energy, and this reissue from Chandos is likely to garner even more praise for Lortie. Previously available in two volumes, this double disc is newly remastered, and Lortie sounds better than ever, particularly in such exquisite works as Le tombeau de Couperin and Valses nobles et sentimentales. Lortie's careful shading of subordinate lines and subtle use of dynamics in his coloristic effects invite repeated listening. Best of all, he captures Ravel's dry wit and irony with his mannered shaping of gestures, most effectively in Le tombeau, the Sérénade grotesque, and the Menuet antique.
Duo Gazzana - Ravel, Franck, Ligeti, Messiaen (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Duo Gazzana - Ravel, Franck, Ligeti, Messiaen (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 55:24 minutes | 967 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

A sense of discovery is a key theme in the third ECM recital of sisters Natascia and Raffaella Gazzana. Alongside a landscape of French music for violin and piano, drawing on a multiplicity of inspirations, the album includes a premiere recording of György Ligeti’s Duo, dedicated to Kúrtag. Duo Gazzana plays César Franck’s epic A major Sonata of 1886, and Maurice Ravel’s Sonate posthume, written in 1897, when its author was just 22, and the album concludes with Olivier Messiaen’s Thème et variations of 1932, a work which in some aspects prefigures the Quatuor pour la fin du temps. The duo’s performances of Ravel, Franck, Ligeti and Messiaen were recorded at Lugano’s Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI in March 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher.