- Boléro, ballet for orchestra - Maurice Ravel - Ann Bradbeer - Montreal Symphony Orchestra
- La valse, poème choréographique for orchestra - Maurice Ravel - Ann Bradbeer - Montreal Symphony Orchestra
- Daphnis et Chloé, suite No. 2 for orchestra - Maurice Ravel - Ann Bradbeer - Montreal Symphony Orchestra
- Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra) - Maurice Ravel - Ann Bradbeer - Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Maurice Ravel was an impeccable musical craftsman. His music is woven so intricately woven that its harmonies and orchestration glisten like a dewy spider's web caught by the sun. Take the famous "Boléro," for instance, a remarkably simple piece in which a sinuous theme first played in the flute is repeated over and over again to the accompaniment of a relentless snare drum riff. But with each repetition, new instruments are added -- and new harmonies -- so the piece builds in intensity and holds your attention until its ultimate climax. His other orchestral pieces are even more masterly. The tender sadness of the "Pavane," the restless, relentless dance of "La Valse," and the almost erotic sensuality of "Daphnis et Chloé." Charles Dutoit's and the Montreal Symphony perform these pieces with an authentic French accent and a suppleness that underlines the music's sensuousness.