Ravel reverie

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It’s more than mere coincidence that 27-year old Francois Dumont, who hails from Lyon, France, paid special homage, in his opening preliminary round recital, to one of his country’s greatest composers: Maurice Ravel.

Dumont’s delicate, sensitive reading of Revel’s Gaspard de la nuit reflects Dumont’s special bond with Ravel’s multi-faceted music, with all of its various influences.

“His music is so, so much a part of my culture,” said Dumont, somewhat short of breath after his 45-minute recital. “Really, Ravel is the quintessence of French culture. And I love how his music explored everything from Spanish, to Asian, to jazz. He remains my favorite chameleon.”

— Andrew Marton, Special to the Star-Telegram

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