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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 gén ...

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  1. Daphnis et Chloé, ballet for orchestra, M. 57
  2. Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra), M. 19
  3. La valse, poème choréographique for orchestra, M. 72
  4. Piano Concerto in G major, M. 83
  5. Le tombeau de Couperin, for orchestra, M. 68a
  6. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra), M. 61
  7. Menuet antique, for piano (or orchestra), M. 7
  8. Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand), M. 82
  9. Fanfare, for orchestra (for collaborative ballet L'eventail de Jeanne), M. 80
  10. Boléro, ballet for orchestra, M. 81
  11. Alborada del Gracioso, for orchestra, M. 43/4
  12. Ma mère l'oye, ballet for orchestra, M. 60
  13. Une barque sur l'océan, for orchestra, M. 43/3
  14. Rhapsodie espagnole, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), M. 54
  15. L'enfant et les sortilèges, opera-ballet in 2 parts, M. 71
  16. Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano), M. 41
  17. Shéhérazade--Fairy Overture, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), M. 17
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