Ravel, Maurice, RAVEL (THE BEST OF) (Naxos: 8.556673), Thiollier, Francois-Joel
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Take a large spoonful of Bolero, add a small amount of Pavane, simmer in the heat of Feria, then mix with a little Blues and you have the perfect Ravel. Its the recipe for success in the 'Best of' market, particularly when you have Naxos's stunning performances.
What did the critics say when the discs, from which this compilation is taken, were first issued. \The whole performance, throbbing with life, makes you listen afresh", was the Gramophone's view of Thiollier's performance of the Piano Concerto. "Superbly recorded", was the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs accolade for Ma m_re l'oye, while Fanfare adds the Rapsodie Espagnole is "well conceived, executed and recorded".