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Ravel: Bolero, Daphnis Et Chloe Suite No 2; Debussy: La Mer


Release Date: 04/18/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 427644   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Maurice RavelClaude Debussy
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sinopoli's Daphnis is unashamedly erotic, and his La mer begins with one of the most magical pianissimos I have heard, leading to moments of astonishing power, warmth and radiance.

As if to confound comments on his preference for slow speeds, Sinopoli presides over a sprightly Bolero (two minutes faster than Karajan). Instrumental solos in the first half are inflected less than usual, even the trombone slides are avoided. An overprominent muted trumpet (after fig. 7) strays from the clockwork path, but a little human frailty in this piece is quite a welcome relief. The climax in this Watford Town Hall spectacular will have you spreadeagled on the back wall of your listening room, assuming it is still there.
Read more /> Gravity is also defied in this unashamedly erotic Daphnis. The opening ''Daybreak'' has a sumptuously rich swell and sway. Rapturous strings (violins divided stage right and left), warm, sonorous brass and gurgling woodwinds deployed with a supple mastery of line and dynamic control that silences criticism. You will need a strong stomach for the ''Pantomime'' (and, probably, for this review); there is a kind of levitated sensuousness, with even a few groans of ecstasy from Sinopoli himself. You marvel at the beauty of the playing, and feel a sense of guilt for enjoying it all so much.

It is the pictorial elements that impress in Sinopoli's La mer, and the outstanding control at generally slow tempos. It begins with one of the most magical pianissimos I have heard and the midday sunburst (if Debussy will forgive such an obvious visual analogy) at the end of this first movement has an astonishing power, warmth and radiance. The threatening upheavals from lower strings and timpani at the start of ''Dialogue du vent et de la mer'' are exciting but well above the dynamic markings. Later, with the tuba weighing in impressively, the broad theme for brass has an almost Brucknerian massiveness. This may strike you as alien, but Debussy does ask for maximum sonority without hardness, and that is precisely how it comes across.

-- John Steane, Gramophone [7/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1. Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1988 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 14 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2. Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2 by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1988 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3. La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1988 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 26 Minutes 15 Secs. 

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