Les Siecles & Francois-Xavier Roth – Ravel: Ma Mere l’Oye, Le tombeau de Couperin (2018) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Les Siècles & François-Xavier Roth – Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye, Le tombeau de Couperin (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 56:14 minutes | 493 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  |  Booklet, Front Cover | © harmonia mundi

Recording Ravel’s music on period instruments is the kind of thing that might raise a smile… until you realise just how much the production of instruments has changed in less than a hundred years: it’s the return of catgut strings, skin drum heads, the French basson (and not the German system bassoon which is used across all the world’s orchestras today), shaper tips, trumpets and trombones of French manufacture. At the head of his orchestra Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth gives a new, orthodox, historically-informed version of Ma Mère l’oye (complete ballet), the Tombeau de Couperin and Shéhérazade, the long-neglected “ouverture de féérie” [Fairy Overture] which is pure Ravel. This return to the roots is clearly easier and more straightforwardly authentic for this period of music history, because, unlike earlier works, we possess recordings which date back to the 1920s, and even earlier, which can tell us about the style, the colours, the phrasing and the tempo.
But it isn’t enough just to have all this historical information to hand to make something interesting. What makes this record thrilling is that all the musicians in the Siècles are excellent, and François-Xavier Roth is a talented artist himself, who knows this music inside out. At which point, his complete recording of Stravinsky’s Firebird has already struck us with its quality. This rediscovery of Ravel resounds with clarity and finesse; it is a feast of well-defined timbres which cuts against the “beautiful sound” which prevails in orchestras around the world today.  –  François Hudry

Tracklist:
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
1. Ma Mère l’Oye, M. 62: Prélude. Très lent 03:05
2. Ma Mère l’Oye, M. 62: Premier tableau: I. Danse du rouet et scène. Allegro 01:58
3. Ma Mère l’Oye, M. 62: Interlude. Un peu moins animé 01:15
4. Ma Mère l’Oye, M. 62: Deuxième tableau: II. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant. Lent 01:38
5. Ma Mère l’Oye, M. 62: Interlude. Plus lent 00:50
6. Ma Mère l’Oye, M. 62: Troisième tableau: III. Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête. Mouvement de valse modéré 04:00
7. Ma Mère l’Oye, M. 62: Interlude. Lent 00:40
8. Ma Mère l’Oye, M. 62: Quatrième tableau: IV. Petit Poucet. Très modéré 03:32
9. Ma Mère l’Oye, M. 62: Interlude. Lent 01:20
10. Ma Mère l’Oye, M. 62: Cinquième tableau: V. Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes. Mouvement de marche 03:24
11. Ma Mère l’Oye, M. 62: Interlude. Allegro 01:07
12. Ma Mère l’Oye, M. 62: Apothéose. Le jardin féerique. Lent et grave 03:35
13. Shéhérazade, ouverture de féerie, M. 17 13:13
14. Le Tombeau de Couperin, M. 68a: I. Prélude. Vif 03:00
15. Le Tombeau de Couperin, M. 68a: II. Forlane. Allegretto 05:39
16. Le Tombeau de Couperin, M. 68a: III. Menuet. Allegro moderato 04:42
17. Le Tombeau de Couperin, M. 68a: IV. Rigaudon. Assez vif 03:16

Personnel:
Les Siècles
François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

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