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Work: La Valse, for orchestra

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ComposerRavel, Maurice (1875-1937)
Period20th century
Year1919
Work typeOrchestral
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San SebastiánLa Tierra

La Tierra
Ravel, Mahler
Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi; Robert Trevino; Jennifer Johnston; Corby Welch

SheffieldFrench and German Greats with Orchestre National de Lille

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Ravel, Debussy, Beethoven
Orchestre National de Lille; Alexandre Bloch; Eric Lu

Vitoria-GasteizLa Tierra

La Tierra
Ravel, Mahler
Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi; Robert Trevino; Jennifer Johnston; Corby Welch

LleidaEl Bolero de Ravel

El Bolero de Ravel
Verdi, Wagner, Esterri, Ravel
Orquestra Simfònica Julià Carbonell de les Terres de Lleida; Alfons Reverté; Acadèmia OJC

StockholmLa Valse

La Valse
Ravel, Jolas
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Håkan Hardenberger; Roger Muraro
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Daniil Trifonov, Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO © Doug Peters
The LSO saved their best till last, for La Valse was superb in both sensuous atmosphere and devastating execution.
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