Ravel - Orchestral Works Vol.4: L’Heure espagnole, Sheherazade
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Label: SWR Music
Cat No: SWR19016CD
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 9th September 2016
ArtistsStephanie D’Oustrac (soprano)
Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (tenor)
Alexandre Duhamel (baritone)
Paul Gay (bass)
Yann Beuron (tenor)
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
The main work on this CD, however, is of course the comic opera L’Heure espagnole, which touches on another subject that attracted Ravel: Spain. The score reminds one of musical accompaniments to old silent movies; the rich instrumentation includes chimes, cuckoo pipes, celesta and many percussion instruments. These bring to life the ambient sounds of the watchmaker’s shop, in which the story of Concepcion and her lovers takes place. An excellent cast of singers, supported by a highly responsive orchestra – what more could one ask for?
Cast (L’Heure espagnole):
- Concepcion: Stéphanie D’Oustrac (soprano)
- Torquemada: Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (tenor)
- Ramiro: Alexandre Duhamel (baritone)
- Don Inigo Gomez: Paul Gay (bass)
- Gonzalve: Yann Beuron (tenor)
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