Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5
Dussollier, André; Orchestre National de Lyon; Druet, Isabelle; Slatkin, Leonard
The impact of Russian and Oriental culture on Ravel's formative years retained a hold on him throughout his life. His colorfully re-orchestrated selections from Rimsky-Korsakov's symphonic suite "Antar" and opera "Mlada," with interpolations of his own music, as the incidental score for a theatre production are heard here in their premiere recording, revived and reconstructed alongside a new text that symbolizes the romance and chivalric spirit of Antar the warrior-poet and his beloved Abla. Ravel's fascination with the exotic is brought together with Debussy's influence in the ravishing and enduringly popular song cycle "Shéhérazade."