William Ørbit* ‎– Ravel's Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte

WEA Records ‎– WEA269CD, WEA Records ‎– 8573823982
CD, Maxi-Single

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1 Ravel's Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte (Single Version) 7:12
2 Ravel's Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte (Ferry Corsten Mix)
Remix [Remix By], Producer [Additional Production By] – Ferry Corsten
3 Ravel's Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte (Album Version) 6:08

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Published by Editions Max Eschig.
2: Remix and additional production for Dance Therapy Productions.
3: Taken from the album "Pieces In A Modern Style".

℗&©2000 Warner Music UK Ltd. except track 3 ℗&© 1999 Warner Music UK Ltd.

Made in Germany by Warner Manufacturing Company Ltd.

J-card case.
Insert: 3-panel J-card, color print both sides.
CD: 3 spot-color print (white, black, orange).

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  • Barcode (Text): 6 85738 23982 5
  • Barcode (String): 685738239825
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L011
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0529
  • Matrix / Runout: [Warner logo] 857382398-2 03/00
  • Barcode (Matrix area, Code 39): 857382398-2
  • Label Code: LC4281
  • Other (Distribution Code): WE739

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January 7, 2018
The trouble with this listing is - which Album Version?
Back in 1995 some five years before this release William had prepared a 'pieces in a modern style' CD in which this track appeared BUT owners of copyright for some of the tracks objected and all pressed copies were withdrawn from sale. The problem was some copies had been sold. As a massive fan I bought my copy on release and that Album version clocks in at 7:12 and has the beats mentioned below. The (Album Version) listed on this release refers to the later album finally released in 2000 which is beat less and clocks in at 6.08.
I think this single was Williams way of getting both version out.
The Ferry Corsten Mix was akin to his Adagio For Strings Remix (Barber) which was a surprise trance remix hit off the 2000 album. One can only hope it introduced a whole new generation to Orbits sublime work whose quality means it occupies a whole sub-genre of its own in my collection. Check out his Strange Cargo Series to find out why he rose to be such a massive producer to the stars


December 27, 2004
edited over 13 years ago

Maurice Ravel's quiet and sad PAVANE POUR UNE INFANTE DEFUNTE (an Infante being a Spanish queen and not a child) is electronified by William Orbit, who gives it a slight trip-hop beat with his single version, but keeps it beatless on the album version. Both versions translate Ravel's original vision quite ably. Ferry Corsten tries to make the track a little more dancefloor-friendly, but the melody comes out a little to high-pitched and squelchy to come across as anything except an okay trance track with a semi-classical tune.