Maurice Ravel


La Valse

Rapsodie espagnole

Alborada del gracioso

Une barque sur l'océan

Pavane pour une infante défunte

Basque National Orchestra
Robert Trevino, conductor



Sleeve notes in English, Basque, Spanish and French


April 2021

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1385-2


Track listing

CD 69:39
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
1 La Valse 12:15
2 Alborada del gracioso (orchestral version) 7:50
Rapsodie espagnole 16:38
3 Prélude à la nuit 4:45
4 Malagueña 2:01
5 Habanera 2:59
6 Feria 6:52
7 Une barque sur l’océan (orchestral version) 8:44
8 Pavane pour une infante défunte (orchestral version) 7:13
9 Bolero 15:27

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Complete description

Conductor Robert Trevino’s new album release on Ondine – after a successful debut with a complete Beethoven symphony cycle – features six orchestral pieces by Maurice Ravel (1875–1937), one of the most famous Basque composers, played by the Basque National Orchestra. Born in a small town in France very close to the Spanish border, Ravel spent most of his life in Paris. However, he was extremely proud of his Basque background having absorbed himself to the culture already as a child, and many elements of Basque music can be found in his compositions. In this historic release, we can finally hear Ravel’s orchestral music being interpreted by Basque musicians in the form of the Basque National Orchestra. These performances on some of the most fantastic orchestral scores of the 20th Century also shed light to the Basque influences in Ravel’s music.


The Basque National Orchestra, the leading symphony orchestra from an autonomous region nationwide, was created in 1982 on the basis of a project assigned to Imanol Olaizola, at that time music director with the Basque Government Department of Culture. Since Enrique Jordá took up the baton of a newly born formation as its artistic advisor and directed its first steps, different conductors have played their part in nurturing the quality and reach of the Basque Orchestra. Today Robert Treviño is its chief conductor. Jun Märkl, Andrey Boreyko (as principal guest conductor), Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Gilbert Varga and Cristian Mandeal, Mario Venzago, Hans Graf, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Matthias Kuntzsch, Maximiano Valdés and Jordá himself, its honorary conductor, have governed the fate of the Orchestra in its rising trajectory. A well-structured, dynamic activity with its roots in Basque cultural life has prompted the Basque National Orchestra to give more than 100 concerts every season, distributed into different cycles and in collaboration with different national and international institutions.


Robert Trevino’s star has risen rapidly among American conductors. The past three years have seen his appointments as Music Director of the Basque National Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. Trevino burst into the international spotlight at the Bolshoi Theater in December 2013, leading a new production of Verdi’s Don Carlo. He was nominated for a Golden Mask award, and one reviewer wrote, “There has not been an American success of this magnitude in Moscow since Van Cliburn.” Recent seasons have seen an ever-growing number of major debuts – among them the London Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, San Francisco Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Sao Paulo Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre Nationale de France, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and Helsinki Philharmonic. In the pandemic-shortened 2019–20 season Robert led the Basque National Orchestra, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra on European tours and made debut conducting appearances with Orchestre de Paris and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. His reengagements included the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Sao Paulo Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Bamberg Symphony, SWR Symphony, and RAI Torino. Upcoming debut appearances include Filarmonica della Scala and Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse. The 2020/21 season sees returns to RAI Torino, Tonkunstler Orchestra and NDR Radiophilharmonie, among others.