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Maurice Ravel

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Concerts

Leonard Slatkin leads the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hall.

May 13, 2013 Leonard Slatkin leads music by Ravel and Rachmaninov, composers who straddled the 20th century.

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Conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads his forces through a vibrant opening-weekend performance of Stravinsky, Stucky and Ravel on Sept. 30, 2012.

October 1, 2012 Hear Stravinsky's iconic Rite Of Spring and a world premiere conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

Daniel Hope occupies his time performing, recording, writing, shooting videos and running music festivals.

April 5, 2012 The violinist, author and festival producer plays in a concert of French chamber music.

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The Ebène Quartet plays everything from surf rock and jazz standards to Debussy and Ravel.

July 13, 2011 Hear the versatile group play Ravel, Debussy and Fauré at the Savannah Music Festival.

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August 19, 2008 Hear the final and bittersweet U.S. performance by the chamber ensemble, after a 53-year run.

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February 26, 2008 In an act of symphonic diplomacy, the orchestra pays a visit to the North Korean capital.

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February 9, 2007 The French pianist presents his nuanced and atmospheric interpretations of Ravel and Schumann.

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October 10, 2006 In concert at Portland Piano International, Stephen Hough plays "Alborada del Gracioso."

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August 31, 2006 Maurice Ravel had a habit of rearranging his music from piano to orchestra and back.

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July 21, 2006 An exclusive webcast from Festival del Sole, anchored by the Russian National Orchestra.

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May 31, 2006 Gary Graffman performs the Concerto for Piano Left Hand by Maurice Ravel in his farewell concert.

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August 19, 2004 Pianist Andre-Michel Schub plays music by Chopin and Ravel at SummerFest 2004 in La Jolla, Calif.

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August 12, 2004 The eclectic Canadian chamber ensemble performs and discusses its innovative music.

Studio Sessions

The St Lawrence String Quartet contrasts music by Ravel and Adams at the WGBH studio.

June 30, 2010 Hear the St. Lawrence Quartet play music by Maurice Ravel and John Adams in the WGBH studio.

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Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard takes an assortment of French music to WGBH, in Boston.

May 13, 2010 The French pianist focuses on modern music from his homeland at the WGBH studio in Boston.

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January 7, 2009 Gifted young musicians perform with panache, playing works from Beethoven to Ravel.

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November 5, 2008 Pianists aged 12 to 16 perform at the International Institute for Young Musicians in Lawrence, Kan.

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Interviews & Profiles

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July 21, 2009 Jean Martinon conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in this sensual recording of Ravel's ballet.

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August 21, 2008 Maurice Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin"

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January 5, 2007 This 20th-anniversary program highlights great performances and moments of poignancy and levity.

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Discover Songs

Soprano Anna Netrebko (left) with mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca

December 18, 2009 Hear today's top classical musicians revisit the music they know and love best.

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July 23, 2008 On his birthday, hear Fleisher's best recordings, chosen by Pulitzer-winning critic Tim Page.

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July 27, 2006 Three musicians tackle two pieces by Ravel: Ondine and "Laideronette — Empress of the Pagodas."

News

Spira Mirabilis

November 10, 2010 Flash concerts have grown popular in the past year as a way to reach a wider audience.

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May 22, 2009 Hear five musical expressions of uncommon power and beauty, reminding listeners of what we've lost.

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February 26, 2008 In an act of symphonic diplomacy, the orchestra pays a visit to the North Korean capital.

February 25, 2008 The group is slated to perform Wagner, Dvorak and Gershwin for the historic occasion.

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Reviews

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená collaborated with a conductor she knows well, the Berlin Philharmonic's Simon Rattle — who's also her husband.

August 7, 2012 The mezzo-soprano's mastery of expression in a wide variety of music shines on her new album.

The Dante Quartet

March 17, 2010 The group etches out finely brushed musical shapes in the Debussy and Ravel string quartets.

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More Stories

Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra, in concert at Carnegie Hall.

January 17, 2013 The famed "Philadelphia Sound" comes to New York in music by Ravel and Shostakovich.

Ask your doctor about prescription Bolero.

January 20, 2012 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Up close and very personal: young listeners get a taste of classical music at New York's Baby Got Bach.

May 19, 2011 How pianist Orli Shaham coaxes preschoolers to take in Bach, Schumann and Ravel.

The cover of Roger Nichols' new biography of Maurice Ravel.

May 4, 2011 From "10" to an orchestra of marimbas: Ravel's most popular work, in all kinds of renditons.

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Australian Chamber Orchestra

December 21, 2009 Members of the adventurous ensemble play music by Ravel and an original piece, Egyptian-style.

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Pianist Christopher O'Riley

November 6, 2009 See the pianist play Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin, an old favorite from his student days.

NPR Artist Directory

Chopin

Frederic Chopin

Hear Chopin's music in performance and perspective.

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Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch

Enjoy archival interviews and performances from the folk revivalist.

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Spoon

Spoon

Music, live concerts and interviews with the pop-rock band.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Hear and watch exclusive performances from the guitar-playing Mexican duo.

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Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Hear concerts and interviews with the atmospheric art-folk singer.

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

Hear performances and profiles of the jazz innovator's work.

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

Hear essential recordings and performances from the lauded quartet.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

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Wye Oak

Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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M.I.A.

M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

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Debussy: String Quartet; Ravel: String Quartet

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Ravel's Greatest Hit: The Ultimate Bolero

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The Stephen Hough Piano Collection

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Travels the Orient Express

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Love and Longing

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  • Artist: Magdalena Kožená
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Jean Martinon Conducts Ravel

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  • Released: 2000
 

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  • Released: 1989
 

Symphony No. 9; Slavonic Dances

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  • Album: Symphony No. 9; Slavonic Dances
  • Artist: Kurt Masur
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  • Released: 1995
 

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

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  • Album: Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé
  • Artist: Bernard Haitink
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  • Released: 1990
 

Classical Legends

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  • Released: 2002
 

Twilight of the Gods: The Essential Wagner Collection

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  • Album: Twilight of the Gods: The Essential Wagner Collection
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  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1998