RAVEL & DEBUSSY MA MERE L'OYE 180g LP
180 Gram Vinyl! Ballet & Impressionist Music!
Ravel’s ballet music Ma Mère l’Oye, originally written for piano, four hands,
was inspired by Charles Perrault’s fairy tale. Ravel mostly wrote music for
small forms which is reflected by the short movements of the suite. The world
renowned Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, led by the conductor best suited to
this kind of music, Ernest Ansermet, bring out the vivacious and colourful
elements of the work. The orchestra’s timbre is well suited to the gentle
shading of the music, as is shown in the final Jardin féerique.
Completed by Debussy in 1899, the three Nocturnes reveal the aesthetics of a
composer who put Nature above Art. Debussy endeavoured to achieve a natural flow
and consistency in his music without slavishly copying the sounds of nature.
Although Nuages (Clouds), Fêtes (Festivals) and Sirènes (Sirents) are night
pieces, they are seen with a view to light and shadow: two optic conditions that
influence the music.
The artists give an amazingly transparent and differentiated performance of the
music. The present recording should not be missed by any lover of Impressionist
• 180 Gram Vinyl
Ernest Ansermet, conductor
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
1. Prelude et Danse du Rouet
2. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormat
3. Laideronnette Imperatrice des Pagodes
4. Les entertiens de la Belle et de la Bete
5. Le jardin feerique