Ravel was a perfectionist who aimed for the highest technical achievement.
His passion for all things mechanical was realised in his house at Montfort l'Amaury where he collected hundreds of miniature working models and toys.
Those he didn't buy for himself were brought as presents by the many friends who visited him there.
His father was an engineer and inventor, and it was for him that Ravel wrote the first of his two operas, l'Heure espagnole, in which all the characters are obsessed by time.
By the time Ravel had completed his last orchestral works, the two piano concertos, his time was running out.
He was troubled by constant headaches, his insomnia worsened and he developed problems with his co-ordination.
The final years of his life were spent at his much loved home in Montfort l'Amaury.
Introduction and Scenes 1 and 2 (l'Heure Espagnole)
Jane Berbié (soprano)
Jean Giraudeau (tenor)
Gabriel Bacquier (bass-baritone)
National Orchestra of RTF
Lorin Maazel (conductor)
Il vecchio castello, Baba-Yaga, The Great Gates of Kiev (Pictures at an Exhibition)
Riccardo Muti (conductor)
Left Hand Piano Concerto
Krystian Zimerman (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra
Pierre Boulez (conductor)
Trois poèmes de Stephane Mallarmé
Felicity Lott (soprano)
Chamber Ensemble of Paris
Michel Plasson (conductor).