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    If you are studying the Ravel Introduction and Allegro, or the Debussy Danses, or the Saint-Saens Fantaisie, and there is only one recording you can buy, make it Ann Hobson Pilot. Her recording with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is so “this is how it goes”, so authoritative, so clear, so musical, so right in every respect, that you could forego any others. So many musicians don’t understand how to play the Ravel (string players), but here is the example of the style. It is never loud. It never obscures the solo harp. It has restraint, reticence, and pastel coloring. Those are Ravel’s qualities. I am so pleased with it. As a capstone to a glorious career, it is a fine achievement.

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