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Gemini - Ravel: Orchestral Works / Jean Martinon


Release Date: 02/21/2006 
Label:  Warner 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 

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