Ravel: Orchestral Works Sinfonia of London & John Wilson
- Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937):
- 1Ravel: La Valse, M. 7211:41
- Ma Mère l'Oye, M. 62:
- 2Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye, M. 62: I. Prelude03:07
- 3Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye, M. 62: II. Premier Tableau03:26
- 4Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye, M. 62: III. Deuxième Tableau03:29
- 5Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye, M. 62: IV. Troisième Tableau04:41
- 6Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye, M. 62: V. Quatrième Tableau04:47
- 7Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye, M. 62: VI. Cinquième Tableau04:44
- 8Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye, M. 62: VII. Apothéose03:51
- Maurice Ravel:
- 9Ravel: Alborada del gracioso, M. 43c07:09
- 10Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte, M. 19a06:16
- Vales nobles et sentimentales, M. 61a:
- 11Ravel: Vales nobles et sentimentales, M. 61a: I. Modéré01:19
- 12Ravel: Vales nobles et sentimentales, M. 61a: II. Assez lent02:39
- 13Ravel: Vales nobles et sentimentales, M. 61a: III. Modéré01:56
- 14Ravel: Vales nobles et sentimentales, M. 61a: IV. Assez animé01:02
- 15Ravel: Vales nobles et sentimentales, M. 61a: V. Presque lent01:19
- 16Ravel: Vales nobles et sentimentales, M. 61a: VI. Assez vif00:48
- 17Ravel: Vales nobles et sentimentales, M. 61a: VII. Moins vif - Un peu retenu02:45
- 18Ravel: Vales nobles et sentimentales, M. 61a: VIII. Épilogue04:01
- Maurice Ravel:
- 19Ravel: Boléro, M. 8114:43
Info for Ravel: Orchestral Works
Following their second BBC Music Magazine Award (for Respighi’s Roman Trilogy) and universal praise for their first concert (at the BBC Proms in 2021), Sinfonia of London and John Wilson turn to the orchestral works of Ravel for this their sixth studio album. Not only an outstanding pianist and one of France’s greatest composers, Maurice Ravel is acclaimed as one of the greatest orchestrators of all time. His unique ability to conjure the widest possible range of colours and textures from the orchestral palette is amply demonstrated on this album.
The programme opens with La Valse, conceived as a snapshot of 1850s Vienna. The continuous sequence of waltzes becomes increasingly insistent until the sound is almost utterly overwhelming. Other ballets also feature – Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) and the notorious Boléro, both recorded here for the first time in their complete original versions. Ravel’s orchestrations of his own piano works complete the programme: Valses nobles et sentimentales, Pavane pour une infante défunte, and Alborada del gracioso, which demonstrates both Ravel’s fascination with Spanish sounds and culture and the sheer virtuosity of orchestral playing of Sinfonia of London.
Sinfonia of London
John Wilson, conductor
The Sinfonia of London
is the name of two distinct session orchestras based in London, England. The original ensemble of this name was founded in 1955 by Gordon Walker, an eminent flautist of his time, specifically for the recording of film music. The orchestra appeared on the musical credits of many British and American films of the 1950s and 60s.
Among the original ensemble’s most celebrated commercial classical recordings is its 1963 recordings with Sir John Barbirolli conducting the Serenade for Strings of Edward Elgar and the Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis of Ralph Vaughan Williams for EMI Classics and the 1958 soundtrack album from the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Vertigo with Bernard Herrmann’s score conducted by Muir Mathieson (Mercury Records). The label World Record Club released an Lp (WRC T 11) of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and the Egmont Overture with Hans Swarowsky conducting the ensemble. The original orchestra ceased to perform during the 1960s.
In 1982 the title Sinfonia of London was bought by Peter Willison and Howard Blake from the Walker family for the purpose of having a named orchestra for the first recording of The Snowman. In February 1998, Bruce Broughton was named the orchestra’s second musical director after Blake. Under Peter Willison’s management, the orchestra went on to record many soundtracks for major Hollywood films, including Batman, The Mummy Returns, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Lost in Space, The Lawnmower Man, Stargate, Tombstone, RoboCop and Young Sherlock Holmes.
is in demand at the highest level across the globe, working with some of the finest orchestras and opera houses. In the UK, he performs regularly at festivals such as Aldeburgh, Glyndebourne and the BBC Proms with orchestras such as London Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony and City of Birmingham Symphony. Elsewhere, he has conducted the Royal Concertgebouw, Budapest Festival, Swedish Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony orchestras amongst others. In the 2019/20 season, Wilson makes his debut with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Basel Symphony orchestras and his return engagements include DSO Berlin, BBC Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra
Wilson made his opera debut in 2016 conducting Madama Butterfly at Glyndebourne Festival Opera on their autumn tour and has since conducted Porgy and Bess at English National Opera and returned to Glyndebourne Summer Festival to conduct Massent Cendrillon. He will be making his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City, in a future season.
Wilson has a large and varied discography which includes a series of discs with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra exploring the works of Richard Rodney Bennett, with the BBC Philharmonic devoted to the symphonic works of Aaron Copland and numerous recordings with the John Wilson Orchestra. In 2019 Chandos released Wilson’s first recording with the Sinfonia of London which features Korngold’s Symphony in F Sharp.
Born in Gateshead, Wilson studied composition and conducting at the Royal College of Music, where in 2011 he was made a Fellow. In 1994, he formed his own orchestra, the John Wilson Orchestra, dedicated to performing music from the golden age of Hollywood and Broadway, and with whom he has appeared regularly across the UK. In March 2019, John Wilson was awarded the prestigious ISM Distinguished Musician Award for his services to music.