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Berlioz, Ravel & Debussy: Works for Tenor and Orchestra / Bostridge, Morlot, Seattle Symphony


Release Date: 01/25/2019 
Label:  Seattle Symphony   Catalog #: 1021  
Composer:  Hector BerliozMaurice RavelClaude Debussy
Performer:  Ian Bostridge
Conductor:  Ludovic Morlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Tenor Ian Bostridge joins Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony in an album exploring the music of iconic French composers renowned for their inventive spirit: Berlioz, Ravel and Debussy. Hailed by The Seattle Times for his “warm tone quality and beautiful expression” during the performance of Berlioz’s Les nuits d’ete, the live-in-concert track is paired with studio recordings of Ravel’s imaginative Sheherazade and Debussy’s colorfully rich Le livre de Baudelaire, orchestrated by John Adams. With naturalistic imaging, depth of field and dynamic range, all Seattle Symphony Media recordings have been engineered to audiophile standards and aim to capture as realistically as possible the sound of the orchestra performing on the Benaroya Hall Read more stage. The present release was mastered by 2017 Grammy Award Winner Dmitriy Lipay. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Les nuits d'été, Op. 7 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ludovic Morlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; France 
2.
Shéhérazade by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ludovic Morlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
3.
Poèmes (5) de Baudelaire by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ludovic Morlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887-1889; France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 True gold, glittering February 15, 2019 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "When early in his career as a composer Maurice Ravel began to set some poems by Tristan Klingsor, he had the poet "recite his verses repeatedly in order to absorb their rhythms and tone," according to Paul Schiavo's illuminating liner notes to this new release. The result were the three Shéhérazade songs, sung beautifully here by Ian Bostridge, with the Seattle Symphony providing their patented exotic, shimmering, multi-Grammy-winning sound to back him up. Each of the works on this album demonstrate the special bond that music and poetry can share, when geniuses of each genre are matched up at the right time. Schiavo points out that Hector Berlioz's setting of poems by Théophile Gautier as Les nuits d’été was the first important song cycle for voice and orchestra. Bostridge's passionate, suave interpretation along with the support of Ludovic Morlot and his Seattle players, 100% in the groove with this music, helped me overcome a lifelong prejudice against Berlioz. It's hard to imagine a better interpretation of this gorgeous music. The John Adams orchestral transcriptions of the Debussy settings of poems by Charles Baudelaire are as beautiful as a great painting by John Singer Sargent - The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit in Boston, let's say. In both the music and the painting there are profound meanings that are, paradoxically perhaps, hidden by the surface beauty. In the words of another artist: "If you want to know about Andy Warhol, then just look at the surface of my pictures, and there I am." And John Singer Sargent himself: "I don't dig beneath the surface for things that don't appear before my own eyes." Which brings me to one of my favourite quotes, from that great aphorist Hugo von Hofmannsthal: "Depth must be hidden. Where? On the surface." The more gold that is mined, the more beautiful the surface seems, from Baudelaire's exquisite verse to Debussy's elegant melodies, to John Adams' sumptuous orchestral harmonies and textures. This true gold glitters most perfectly in this performance: Bostridge's lovely voice with a great American symphony orchestra at the top of its game." Report Abuse
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