François-Xavier Roth and his period instruments orchestra Les Siècles have taken the principles of historically informed performance practice and authentic instrumentation into 20th century repertoire with their recordings of Igor Stravinsky's great ballets and other modernist works. For this 2018 release on Harmonia Mundi, Roth and his handpicked orchestra present music by Maurice Ravel, following their successful 2017 release of Daphnis et Chloé with fresh performances of the complete ballet Ma mère l'Oye, Le Tombeau de Couperin, and the overture Shéhérazade. Listeners who know these pieces well from conventional orchestral performances may be startled by the distinctive sounds of handcrafted winds and the great variety of percussion instruments, and the reduced size of the orchestra emphasizes the chamber timbres Ravel used so impeccably. Harmonia Mundi's reproduction is immaculate to match, and the depth of the sound creates a sense of spatial dimensions rarely found on a standard CD. Highly recommended.
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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
|Ma mère l'Oye, Complete Ballet|
|Le Tombeau de Couperin, Suite d'orchestre|