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    Default Do you like Ravel's songs? (yes, songs)

    -Trois Chansons:



    -Chansons madécasses:



    -Cinq melodies populaires grecques:



    and others... (of course, I love them )

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    Do you like Ravel's songs?

    To die for! Particularly sung by women:



    Ravel's Sheherazade (Janet Baker)
    Last edited by Jeremy Marchant; Dec-14-2011 at 08:01.

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    My favourite recording of Ravel songs:

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    I love the title of this thread.
    "Music is not philosophy." --Akira Ifukube

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    Scheherazade. Norman is excellent, though not quite believable in context. And a recording by a Frenchwoman opera star whose name I can't remember... she sang the soprano lead in Massenet's Don Quixote (wrong spelling) too. Damn, it would be nice if I could remember a name once-in-a-while.
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    I do now!

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    I am obsessed with music for the voice and this period of French song is one of my favorite. Delicious! I admittedly have more discs by Faure and Debussy, but Ravel is not far behind... and I am working on fleshing out my collection with this:



    this:



    and more by the inimitable Gérard Souzay:



    I love female singers on this repertoire as well as male: Barbara Hendricks, Jessye Norman, Dawn Upshaw, and Susan Graham primary among these. I await in lustful anticipation for the exquisite Véronique Gens to finally come around to Ravel. She has already made brilliant recordings of Berlioz, Canteloube, Debussy, Faure, Poulenc, etc... Another singer who I am waiting to record Ravel's melodies is Sandrine Piau.

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    And a recording by a Frenchwoman opera star whose name I can't remember... she sang the soprano lead in Massenet's Don Quixote (wrong spelling) too. Damn, it would be nice if I could remember a name once-in-a-while.

    You're probably thinking of Mady Mesplé. She's on that ravel "Melodies" disc I posted above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StlukesguildOhio View Post
    And a recording by a Frenchwoman opera star whose name I can't remember... she sang the soprano lead in Massenet's Don Quixote (wrong spelling) too. Damn, it would be nice if I could remember a name once-in-a-while.

    You're probably thinking of Mady Mesplé. She's on that ravel "Melodies" disc I posted above.
    No, she ain't the one. The lady I'm thinking of may have died in the last few years... rats. I think she sang the female lead in the 2nd half of Les Troyens too... double rats.
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    Regine Crespin?


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    I'd go as far as saying that Sheherazade in the orchestral version is my favourite Ravel composition.
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    I love Sheherazade and Don Quichotte, aside from that I still need to explore further this are of Ravel's oeuvre. Thanks for the suggestions all.

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    This year I got Dame Janet Baker's recording & also have had for a while one by Dame Kiri. I aim to sink my teeth into these more in next few months. Ravel's Madagascan Songs was one of the many song-cycles influenced strongly by Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, which I finally "clicked" with this year. So more exciting discoveries to come, no doubt...

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    I forgot to mentn... Sheherazade was featured on my blog in November:
    http://www.talkclassical.com/blogs/i...ng-cycles.html

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    Histoires naturelles (after Renard) - never fails to put a smile on my face!

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