Bartók was inspired by Romanian folk music, Sarasate and Ravel by the passionate music of the Spanish 'gypsies'. Haydn's Symphony No. 49 was nicknamed 'La Passione' for a reason. Mozart's balanced and nuanced Violin Concerto No. 2 provides a perfect counterbalance.
Podcast about Ravel
Would you like to know more about Maurice Ravel? Listen to the Masterminds episode below in which podcast maker Botte Jellema and musicologist Kees Wisse talk about the composer's life and music. The podcast is in Dutch.