Maurice Ravel (classical composer)

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Joseph-Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 – December 28, 1937) was a French composer known especially for his melodies, masterful orchestration, richly evocative harmonies and inventive instrumental textures and effects. Along with Claude Debussy, he was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music. Much of his piano music, chamber music, vocal music and orchestral music is part of the standard concert repertoire.

Ravel's piano compositions, such as Jeux d'eau, Miroirs, Le tombeau de Couperin and Gaspard de la nuit, demand considerable virtuosity from the performer, and his mastery of orchestration is particularly evident in such works as Rapsodie espagnole, Daphnis et Chloé and his arrangement of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Ravel is best known for his orchestral work Boléro (1928), which he once described as "a piece for orchestra without music".

According to SACEM, as recently as 2009 Ravel has been on the list of the top 20 artists whose works have generated the most royalties abroad.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 L'heure espagnole (BBC Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Bruno Maderna) Maurice Ravel 1
1967 Prokofiev: Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 C-Dur / Ravel: Klavierkonzert G-Dur Prokofiev, Ravel; Martha Argerich, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado 4
1975 Gaspard de la Nuit / Sonatine / Valses nobles et sentimentales Maurice Ravel; Martha Argerich 1
1980 Bolero / Daphnis et Chloé (Suite No. 2) / Pavane pour une infante défunte Maurice Ravel; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin 1
1981 Boléro / Rapsodie espagnole / La valse / Alborada del gracioso (Orchestre symphonique de Montréal feat. condutor: Charles Dutoit) Maurice Ravel 1
1981 Daphnis et Chloé Ravel; Chœur et Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit 3
1982 Boléro / La Valse / Pavane pour une infante défunte / Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No.2 (Orchestre de Paris feat. conductor: Daniel Barenboim) Maurice Ravel 1
1982 Daphnis et Chloé Maurice Ravel; London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn 1
1983 Ravel Quartet in F major / Bartók Quartet No. 3 Ravel / Bartók 1
1983 Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit / Prokofiev: Piano Sonata no. 6 Ravel, Prokofiev; Ivo Pogorelich 1
1984 Ma Mère l'Oye / Pavane pour une infante défunte / Le Tombeau de Couperin / Valses nobles et sentimentales (Ochestre symphonique de Montréal feat. conductor: Charles Dutoit) Maurice Ravel 1
1984 Mélodies Maurice Ravel 1
1984 Pavane / L’Apprenti sorcier / Danse macabre / Marche hongroise / Joyeuse marche / Prélude à L’Après-midi d’un faune Debussy, Ravel, Dukas, Saint-Saëns; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1984 Piano Works Vol. 2 Maurice Ravel; Vlado Perlemuter 1
1985 Gaspard de la nuit and other piano pieces Maurice Ravel; Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1985 Piano Trios Ravel, Chausson; Beaux Arts Trio 1
1985 Thibaudet Ravel Recital Maurice Ravel 1
1986 Debussy: String Quartet in G minor / Ravel: String Quartet in F major Debussy, Ravel; Cleveland Quartet 1
1986 Boléro / Rapsodie espagnole / Ma mère l'oye / Pavane Maurice Ravel; London Symphony Orchestra & Claudio Abbado 1
1986 Faure: Requiem / Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte Fauré, Ravel; Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus, Carlo Maria Giulini, Kathleen Battle, Andreas Schmidt 1
1986 Bolero / Le tombeau de Couperin / Daphnis et Chloé / Alborada del Gracioso (Philharmonisches Orchester von Mexiko, feat. conductor: Fernando Lozano) Maurice Ravel 1
1986 Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Maurice Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye / Rapsodie Espagnole Mussorgsky / Ravel 1
1986 Orchestral Works (feat. conductor: Andre Previn, orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) Maurice Ravel 1
1986 Streichquartette Debussy, Ravel; Neues Zürcher Quartett 1
1986 String Quartets Debussy, Ravel; Emerson String Quartet 1
1986 String Quartets Debussy, Ravel; Alban Berg Quartet 2
1986 Violinsonaten Franck, Debussy, Ravel; Shlomo Mintz, Yefim Bronfman 1
1987 Bolero Ravel; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa 1
1987 Boléro / La Valse / Rapsodie espagnole / Menuet antique / Pavane pour une infante défunte / Alborada del gracioso / Une barque sur l’océan Maurice Ravel; Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, André Cluytens 1
1987 Boléro / Rapsodie espagnole / La Valse / Ma Mère l'Oye Suite / Pavane pour une Infante Défunte Maurice Ravel; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch 2
1987 L'enfant et les sortilèges (Colette Alliot-Lugaz Chœurs & Orchestre de la Suisse Romande feat. conductor: Armin Jordan) Maurice Ravel 1
1987 Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Ravel: Bolero Mussorgsky, Ravel; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Enrique Bátiz 2
1987 Ravel: Piano Concertos / Fauré: Fantaisie / Franck: Symphonic Variations Ravel, Fauré, Franck; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Alicia de Larrocha 1
1987 Saint-Saëns: Piano Trio no. 2 / Ravel: Piano Trio Saint-Saëns, Ravel; The Arden Trio 1
1988 Bolero / Rapsodie espagnole / Alborada del gracioso / La Valse / Valses nobles et sentimentales Maurice Ravel; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Jesús López-Cobos 1
1988 Piano Concertos / Menuet antique / Le Tombeau de Couperin / Fanfare Ravel; Martha Argerich, Michel Béroff, London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 2
1988 Mussorgsky, Ravel: Bilder einer Austellung / Bartok: Konzert für Orchester Mussorgsky, Ravel, Bartók; Sir Georg Solti 1
1988 Orchestral Works Ravel; Orchestre de Paris, Jean Martinon 1
1988 Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin / Chopin: Préludes Maurice Ravel, Frédéric Chopin; Ivo Janssen 1
1988 Ravel: Piano Concerto in G / Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 4 Ravel, Rachmaninov; Philharmonia Orchestra, Ettore Gracis, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli 3
1988 The Two Piano Concertos, Tzigane (Orchestre de Paris feat. conductor: Jean Martinon, piano: Aldo Ciccolini, violin: Itzhak Perlman) (1988 Remaster) Maurice Ravel 1
1989 Boléro / Daphnis et Chloé (Suite no. 1) / Ma mère l'oye / Valses nobles et sentimentales Ravel; CSR Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava), Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Kenneth Jean 3
1989 Bolero und andere Werke Maurice Ravel 2
1989 Maurice Ravel - Intégrale de l'oeuvre pour piano (piano: Benoña Uriarte, Karl-Hermann Mrongovius) Maurice Ravel 1
1989 Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole / La Valse Mussorgsky, Ravel; London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 1
1989 Nojima Plays Ravel Maurice Ravel; Minoru Nojima 1
1989 Piano Music, Volume 1 Maurice Ravel; Louis Lortie 1
1989 Piano Music, Volume 2 Maurice Ravel; Louis Lortie 2
1989 Ravel: Bolero / Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue / Gershwin: An American in Paris / Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune / Barber: Adagio for Strings Ravel / Gershwin / Debussy / Barber 1
1989 Ravel: Complete Piano Works Maurice Ravel; Philippe Entremont 2

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