I agree about Fauré, though, who really taught him.
Hitherto I was under the impression that Le Livre de la Jungle was his consensus masterpiece, if there must be only one. I think he wrote several which sound refreshingly unlike Debussy and Ravel to my ears: the sense of melody, the counterpoint, the modalism he picked up from Fauré...
There is another more recent recording of the piano version by Michael Korstick on Hänssler, by the way. I hope the Van Raat version sounds less - clinical...
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