“Ravel – Complete Orchestral Works,” Lionel Bringuier’s latest CD release on the Deutsche Grammophon label, is currently available for pre-order via Amazon. This new 4-CD set receives its international release on April 15, and features the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, violinist Ray Chen, and pianist Yuja Wang on a spectacular array of the composer’s much loved works for orchestra and soloists, including the suspended beauty of the Pavane pour une infante défunte and exotic lyricism of Rapsodie espagnole.
Ravel’s music has also highlighted milestones along Lionel’s early career: “I grew up with Ravel, so he is a part of my life. He is also closely associated with several decisive stages in my career: I was fifteen when I first conducted Boléro with the Orchestre Régional de Cannes, and at the Besançon Competition it was La valse that was on the programme. I chose Daphnis et Chloé for my farewell concert after six years as resident conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic . . . The first time I heard the ‘Lever du jour’ in Daphnis it was a moment of absolute bliss for me. I had goose bumps – it was a feeling of ecstasy like nothing I’d ever known before.”
The choice to feature all of Ravel’s orchestral music on this release directly reflects not only Mr. Bringuier’s passion for the composer’s work, but also foreshadows the direction he would like to take with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich in regards to future repertoire: “Among the qualities on which it can draw is great flexibility, which is why I was attracted to the idea of exploring the immensely rich palette of Ravel’s music with them.”
Mr. Bringuier and Ms. Wang also have an additional album available on Deutsche Grammophon, featuring Ravel’s Piano Concerto (Amazon).