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listen  1. BoleroMichael Tilson Thomas15:23Album Only
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listen  3. Alborada del graciosoLorin Maazel;Orchestre National de France 8:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Feria from Rapsodie EspagnoleMichael Tilson Thomas 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rigaudon from Le Tombeau de CouperinPierre Boulez 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. La ValseZubin Mehta;New York Philharmonic12:22Album Only
listen  7. Piece in the Form of a HabaneraAndrew Litton;English Chamber Orchestra 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Fairy Garden from Mother Goose SuiteCarlo Maria Giulini;Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. DaybreakPierre Boulez 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen11. Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2: General DancePierre Boulez 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Composer: Maurice Ravel
  • Audio CD (August 9, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B000002A27
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bolero is a fun piece and I enjoy it.
Adam Baker
If you listen closely the music pages can be heard turning ,nice sense of being there ,get the cd they dont make em like this anymore.
Sound man
The recordings are well done and sound is very clear !
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sound man on July 20, 2007
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Listen to the genuis of Ravel on a clean sounding recording that you can enjoy time and time again without deterioration.Be advised the recording levels are not dampened so dinner guests and headset wearers will certainly be awokened especially at the end of Bolero.If you listen closely the music pages can be heard turning ,nice sense of being there ,get the cd they dont make em like this anymore.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Stewart VINE VOICE on November 18, 2007
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I do not like Bolero. I have never liked Bolero. I don't think I will ever enjoy Bolero. I say this only to offer a reason for my lack of mention of that piece (beyond this, obviously). In fairness, Ravel at least once described Bolero as trivial, "a piece for orchestra without music". Fortunately, I did not let my feelings for Bolero sour my appreciation for the remaining works of Ravel.
Ravel was the master of transcriptions; reworking most of his works from piano to orchestra or vice-versa, which basically means that his output was virtually doubled because he wrote the majority of his pieces for orchestra and solo piano. He was a master of the French Impressionist era and an innovator in the move to modern 20th century classical composition.

Ravel's catalogue of work is astounding and his influence on composers that followed him, astounding. He began playing the piano a little later in life than some of the well known composers who were "prodigies" and playing before they could write. Ravel began playing the piano when he was 7 and, with his ability apparent, ended up at the Conservatoire de Paris where his art would be refined.
While at the Conservatoire, he composed [track 2] Pavane pour une infante defunte (Pavane for a dead Princess), a pavane being a processional dance played slowly. This piece was composed when Ravel studied under another of France's greatest composers, Gabriel Faure. The piece was written for piano as a tribute of sorts to the customs and rhythms of the Spanish, whom Ravel (along with other French greats) respected greatly. The piece is staggeringly beautiful and is, perhaps, my favorite by him. The version offered here is the orchestrated transcription by Ravel as published by Ravel 11 years after his original piano piece was composed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C.Harrold on May 22, 2014
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This is the recording you were waiting for. I know that everyone loves "Bolero", but I was most interested in having a copy of the hauntingly beautiful "Pavane for a Dead Princess" -- well worth the purchase price alone. (o:
Here are the lovely hits included in this CD:
1. Bolero 2. Pavane for a Dead Princess 3. Alborada del gracioso 4. Feria from Rapsodie Espagnole 5. Rigaudon from Le Tombeau de Couperin 6. La Valse 7. Piece in the Form of a Habanera 8. The Fairy Garden from Mother Goose Suite 9. Daybreak 10. Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2: Pantomime 11. Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2: General Dance
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By a reader on November 25, 2011
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The pieces selected are perhaps not the 'best' of Ravel although most famous. The recordings are well done and sound is very clear ! I enjoy all of these. For the reviewer who thought these pieces were movie sound tracks, you are absolutely correct. These people are where these Hollywood 'composers' create their music.. Williams is nothing but a rip off of Mussorgsky and Rimski-Korsakov. At least Walt Disney gave credit to the creators of the music including the Night on Bald Mountain used so much in Star Wars . I am well pleased with my purchase ! and am enjoying the music as i write.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elro Florida on April 28, 2013
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A variety of Ravel's works by the world famous orchestras and the best conductors.
I have this downloaded in my Kindle Fire and listen to it with a good set of earphones. Fantastic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth E. Piontek on June 27, 2013
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This CD plays some of Ravel's best works. If you enjoy Ravel, you will really enjoy this entire CD. Nice recordings too!
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By Brian G. Miller on October 2, 2014
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Needed to have Bolero in my collection -this filled the vacancy!
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By Amazon Customer on January 19, 2015
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If you like classical music, you should try this.
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