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Eloquence - Ravel: Boléro, Pavane, Etc / Ozawa, Boston So


Release Date: 05/08/2001 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 469628   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Charles Kavalovski
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This compilation is taken from Seiji Ozawa's 1974-75 stellar Ravel cycle with the Boston Symphony--one of the finest of the Ozawa/BSO projects for Deutsche Grammophon. Ravishing is the only way to describe the BSO's playing of these sensuous, exotic scores. This so-called "French" orchestra infuses Ravel's meticulously chosen colors with a full-bodied intensity and breathtaking virtuosity you probably wouldn't have heard from any orchestra in France at that time. Ozawa reveals himself to be a natural Ravelian, magically evoking the hallucinogenic atmosphere of Prélude à la nuit from Rhapsodie Espangol, the dance-drunk delirium of La Valse, and the seductive dances of Alborada
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Boléro is nothing short of majestic, with the Boston brass virtually singing at its grand close. And let's not forget that string section, which, along with the woodwinds, casts a dreamy spell during the more introspective moments of Valse nobles et sentimentales and the Pavane. In sum, this is a collection that no Ravel fan can sensibly be without. DG's remastered sound is noticeably more open than on the 3-CD complete set issued in the 1990s (now, of course, deleted). Here's hoping that the remainder of this fabulous collection will be forthcoming.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
Length: 15 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Length: 7 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel 
3.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Length: 11 Minutes 58 Secs. 
4.
Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 
Length: 14 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5.
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Length: 16 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel (1912) 
6.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Charles Kavalovski (French Horn)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel (1910) 

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