February CD of the Month:
RAVEL - L' Heure Espagnole
François Le Roux | Isabelle Druet | Orchestre National de Lyon | Leonard Slatkin
Maurice Ravel's stage works are as subtle and expressively poised as can be imagined. In the Spanish-tinged L'Heure espagnole he breathes new life into the Italian genre of the opera buffa, enhancing the comedy in the plot by giving it a gentle human poignancy and poetic presence. The clarity of Ravel's vocal writing, and his signature harmonic magic and luminous orchestration, make this opera a delight for the ear. Don Quichotte à Dulcinée was Ravel's last composition, imbuing Cervantes's famous character with aristocratic Spanish swagger as well as a kind of heroic tenderness and vulnerability. Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortilèges from Lyon can be found on Naxos.