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Mother Goose
Continuing Baby's Journey in Music
PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA
Geoffrey Simon, conductor

A collection of music inspired by, and dedicated to children.

Mother Goose - MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937)
Maurice Ravel adored children.   Two of his special favourites were Mimi and Jean, whose parents were amongst the composer's closest friends.   One day, way back in 1908, Ravel arrived at their doorstep bearing a gift under his arm.   It was the piano duet Mother Goose, which he had dedicated to Mimi and Jean, who so loved listening to his marvellous telling of the legendary Mother Goose stories.   The children were thrilled with Ravel's musical depiction of these fairy tales, and three years later he made the enchanting version for orchestra which we hear on this recording in its five short movements.
PROGRAM LISTING

      Mother Goose - MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937)     16:32
  1.   i. Sleeping Beauty     1:59
  2.  ii. Tom Thumb     3:53
  3. iii. Laideronette, Princess of the Pagodas     3:28
  4. iv. Conversation of Beauty and the Beast     4 03
  5.  v. The Fairy Garden     3:09

      Children's Corner CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)     16:48
  6.   i. Dr Gradus ad Parnassuni     2:22
  7.  ii. Jimbo's Lullaby     3:45
  8. iii. Serenade for the Doll     2:33
  9. iv. The Snow is Dancing     2:38
10.  v. The Little Shepherd     2:17
11. vi. Golliwogg's Cake-Walk     2:54

12. Five O'clock Foxtrot - MAURICE RAVEL     4:30

      Petite Suite - CLAUDE DEBUSSY     12:45
13.   i. On a Boat     3:39
14.  ii. Procession     2:57
15. iii. Minuet     2:52
16. iv. Ballet     3:05

Petite Suite - ALEXANDER BORODIN (1833-1887)     23:27
17.   i. In the Convent     5:18
18.  ii. Rustic Mazurka     2:48
19. iii. Mazurka     4:02
20. iv. Reverie     2:44
21.  v. Serenade     2:08
22. vi. Finale     6:16

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