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Debussy: La Mer, Etc; Ravel: Bolero, Etc / Karajan, Et Al


Release Date: 02/12/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001050902   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyMaurice Ravel
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan. Deutsche Grammophon 423 217-2 [La mer and Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, with Ravel: Boléro and Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2] (recorded 1964).

The readings of La mer and the Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune that Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic committed to tape in 1964 remain unsurpassed in their tonal refinement and rhythmic suppleness. La mer is presented with a remarkable blend of power and finesse, in a performance that achieves an extraordinary sense of atmosphere and color as well as real dramatic tension. Like so many of Karajan’s accounts, this one has a hard-to-define “grip” to it. The Berliners, in
Read more top form, play the score with the kind of precision one would expect in chamber music, but with elemental power as well. The account of the Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune is an evocative and sensuous one, in places nearly erotic. Although a little grainy in tone and vague in its placement of the orchestra, the analog recording is potent. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 22 Minutes 39 Secs. 
2.
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 9 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1892 - 1894). 
3.
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Length: 16 Minutes 5 Secs. 
4.
Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2 by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 15 Minutes 15 Secs. 

Sound Samples

La Mer: 1. From Dawn Till Noon On The Sea (De l'aube à midi sur la mer)
La Mer: 2. Play Of The Waves (Jeux de vagues)
La Mer: 3. Dialogue Of The Wind And The Sea (Dialogue du vent et de la mer)
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Daphnis & Chloë - Suite No.2
Boléro

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