Complete Music for Two Pianos & Piano Duet
Apart from the well known works, this 2Cd set contains some little known pieces - Entre cloches of 1897 was only published in 1975, and was originally appended to the Haberna, now better known as the 3rd movement of Rapsodie espagnole. Frontispice for 2 pianos, 5 hands was written in 1918. Ravel's mother had died in 1917, and he was deeply attached to her. Her loss resulted in 3 years of musical silence, with the exception of Frontispice. It is a short and very experimental work published with a collection of philosophical war poetry by the Italian Ricciotto Canudo. It is a curiously evocative work, almost surreal.