VIDEO PODCAST: John Dante Prevedini leads a discussion about Youth Involvement in Classical Music - this specially extended illustrated feature includes contributions from Christopher Morley, Gerald Fenech, Halida Dinova, Patricia Spencer and Roderic Dunnett.
HMM 905361 (harmonia mundi, CD)
FIRST RELEASE (16 June 2023)
Playing time: 64'36"
Booklet pages: 72
℗ 2023 harmonia mundi musique sas
© 2023 harmonia mundi musique sas
Main country of recording: France
Country of manufacture: Netherlands
Reviewer: Geoff Pearce
Review of Maurice Ravel: L'Heure espagnole, Bolero published on 2 June 2023
Isabelle Druet, mezzo (Concepción, femme de Torquemada)
Julien Behr, tenor (Gonzalve, bachelier)
Loïc Félix, tenor (Torquemada, horloger)
Thomas Dolié, baritone (Ramiro, muletier)
Jean Teitgen, bass (Don Iñigo Gomez, banquier)
François-Xavier Roth, conductor
Continuing their exploration of Ravel's output, François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles offer us two works linked by his love of Spain. Alongside the famous Bolero, which regains its original flavour here on period instruments, is Ravel's first opera, which flirted with libertinism: though its outstanding cast consists entirely of native French-speakers, this caustic 'Hour' remains quintessentially Spanish.
Recorded 23 and 24 March 2021 at Studio RIFFX 1, La Seine Musicale, Boulogne-Billancourt, France.