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Gemini - Ravel: Orchestral Works / Jean Martinon


Release Date: 02/21/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 76960   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Never mind that on the back of the CD, EMI calls the band the "Orchestra de Paris"; these much-lauded performances deserve the highest possible recommendation. One example suffices to detail the level of Martinon's interpretive perceptions. Ravel was, of course, a stunning orchestrator, and yet most of the music here was originally conceived for keyboard. The end of the Mother Goose ballet contains one of his rare orchestral miscalculations: the original glissandos for piano are given to the harp, which is almost never audible against the loud final climax--except here. Martinon, with his keen ear and evident knowledge of what Ravel intended, makes sure that the harp comes right through, and the result is magical. His textural awareness is Read more matched by an equally natural sense of pacing, and the orchestra (not one of the world's great ones) gives him 100 percent in music that it clearly knows and loves. The sonics aren't today's best, obviously, but they still make a good impression. A classic.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
2.
Ma mère l'oye by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel (1911)
Composition written: France (1908 - 1910). 
3.
Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel 
4.
Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 
5.
Ouverture de féerie "Shéhérazade" by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1898; France 
6.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
7.
Le tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; orch. 191; France 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel (1919) 
8.
Menuet antique by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; France 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel (1929) 
9.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel (1910) 
10.
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel (1912) 
11.
Miroirs: Une barque sur l'océan by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel 

Sound Samples

Boléro (1988 Digital Remaster)
Une Barque sur l'océan (1988 Digital Remaster)
Ma Mère l'oye - Ballet in six tableaux: Prélude (très lent)
Ma Mère l'oye - Ballet in six tableaux: 1st Tableau: Danse de Rouet et scène
Ma Mère l'oye - Ballet in six tableaux: 2nd Tableau: Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
Ma Mère l'oye - Ballet in six tableaux: Interlude
Ma Mère l'oye - Ballet in six tableaux: 3rd Tableau: Les entretiens de la belle et la bête
Ma Mère l'oye - Ballet in six tableaux: Interlude
Ma Mère l'oye - Ballet in six tableaux: 4th Tableau: Petit Poucet4th Tableau:
Ma Mère l'oye - Ballet in six tableaux: Interlude
Ma Mère l'oye - Ballet in six tableaux: 5th Tableau: Laideronette, Impératrice des Pagodes
Ma Mère l'oye - Ballet in six tableaux: Interlude
Ma Mère l'oye - Ballet in six tableaux: 6th Tableau: Apothèose: Le Jardin féerique
Alborada del gracioso (1988 Digital Remaster)
Rapsodie espagnole (1988 Digital Remaster): Prélude à la nuit
Rapsodie espagnole (1988 Digital Remaster): Malagueña
Rapsodie espagnole (1988 Digital Remaster): Habañéra
Rapsodie espagnole (1988 Digital Remaster): Fería
Ouverture de féerie (Shéhérazade) (1988 Digital Remaster)
La Valse (1988 Digital Remaster)
Le Tombeau de Couperin (1988 Digital Remaster): I. Prélude
Le Tombeau de Couperin (1988 Digital Remaster): II. Forlane
Le Tombeau de Couperin (1988 Digital Remaster): III. Menuet
Le Tombeau de Couperin (1988 Digital Remaster): IV. Rigaudon
Menuet antique (1988 Digital Remaster)
Pavane pour une infante défunte (1988 Digital Remaster)
Valses nobles et sentimentales (1988 Digital Remaster): Moderé - très franc
Valses nobles et sentimentales (1988 Digital Remaster): Assez lent (avec une expression intense)
Valses nobles et sentimentales (1988 Digital Remaster): Moderé
Valses nobles et sentimentales (1988 Digital Remaster): Assez animé
Valses nobles et sentimentales (1988 Digital Remaster): Presque lent (dans un sentiment intime)
Valses nobles et sentimentales (1988 Digital Remaster): Vif
Valses nobles et sentimentales (1988 Digital Remaster): Moins vif
Valses nobles et sentimentales (1988 Digital Remaster): Epilogue - Lent

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