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Ravel: Sheherazade, Chansons Madecasses / Boulez, Norman, Harper, Van Dam

Release Date: 01/14/2010 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 39023  
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Performer:  David ButtHeather HarperJill GomezJessye Norman,   ... 
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony OrchestraBBC Symphony Orchestra membersEnsemble InterContemporain members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This thoroughly recommendable issue is most welcome on CD, where its appreciable attributes can be even more clearly heard. Each singer has been carefully chosen for his or her task, and the contrast in timbres is, for the most part, illuminating. My single reservation concerns Heather Harper whom I now find a little cool for Sheherazade, in spite of the obvious distinction of her phrasing, but then this cycle isn't that well suited to Boulez's talents for stereoscopic precision and minute calculation. The other three singers have hardly been bettered as interpreters of their songs, and Boulez and his BBC and Parisian colleagues play throughout with delicacy combined with pinpoint accuracy. The recordings, made at different times in the Read more 1970s and 1980s, are finely balanced. So I am as enthusiastic about the disc as I was back in 1984, if not more so.

-- Gramophone [4/1987]
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Works on This Recording

Shéhérazade by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  David Butt (Flute), Heather Harper (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
Poèmes (3) de Stéphane Mallarmé by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jill Gomez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Chansons madécasses by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1926; France 
Don Quichotte à Dulcinée by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  José van Dam (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; France 
Mélodies populaires grecques (5) by Maurice Ravel
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1906; France 

Customer Reviews

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 Music Used for Painting July 4, 2012 By Donald Waits See All My Reviews "I needed most of the music for a painting project I have had for years: Ravel's songs and piano pieces. This CD came in handy for this research. I do not paint "to" the music, but use the music as a starting point for thinking about scale, color, balances, etc. Most of this music had been in my collection for many years, but had gotten lost, misplaced, stolen, or damaged over the years. I did not have much of the material on this CD in one place." Report Abuse
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