Ravel: Orchestral Works / Wilson, Sinfonia of London
Shortlisted for the Gramophone Awards!
Following their second BBC Music Magazine Award (for Respighi’s Roman Trilogy) and universal praise for their first concert (at the BBC Proms in 2021), Sinfonia of London and John Wilson turn to the orchestral works of Ravel for this their 6th studio album. Not only an outstanding pianist and one of France’s greatest composers, Maurice Ravel is acclaimed as one of the greatest orchestrators of all time. His unique ability to conjure the widest possible range of colors and textures from the orchestral palette is amply demonstrated on this album. The program opens with La Valse, conceived as a snapshot of 1850’s Vienna. The continuous sequence of waltzes becomes increasingly insistent until the sound is almost utterly overwhelming. Other ballets also feature – Ma Mère L’Oye (Mother goose) and the infamous Boléro, both recorded here for the first time in their original versions. Ravel’s orchestrations of his own own piano works complete the program: Valses nobles et sentimentales, Pavane pour une infante défunte and Alborada del gracioso, which demonstrates both Ravel’s fascination with Spanish sounds and culture, and the sheer virtuosity of orchestral playing from the Sinfonia of London.
What really shines here is the illumination of so many coloristic permutations, sounding for all the world as if Ravel had just in this moment heard them.
-- Gramophone (Editor's Choice, March 2022)
Release Date: February 04, 2022
Catalog Number: CHSA 5280
Number of Discs: 1
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Conductor: John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Sinfonia of London