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Ravel: Boléro, La Valse, Pavane, Etc / Dutoit, Montreal So


Release Date: 11/09/1999 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 460214   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 29 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is a stunning variety to Ravel's musical output, and the wealth of compositional ideas is well archived on the present disc performed by the Montreal Symphony conducted by Charles Dutoit. Ravel is one of the most versatile composers of the 20th century; he is a compositional chameleon. His 'Rapsodie espagnole' is truly Spanish and his La Valse smacks of 19th century Vienna. There are aspects of neo-classicism in 'Menuet Antique,' and of impressionism in 'Une barque sur l'ocean.' In 'Tombeau de Couperin' he harks back to earlier dance forms. His 'Boléro' which was used in the hit movie "10," is palpably erotic, a fifteen minute crescendo.
Many of Ravel's works exist both in orchestral and piano versions. Such an example is the
Read more 'Alborada del Gracioso,' a virtuosic tour de force which imitates the guitar. Despite the variety of colors heard (yes, heard) here, they are all distinctly Ravel's; they have a clear individuality and stamp of greatness all his own. This is a fine 2-disc compilation, fabulously performed. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1981 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal, Québéc, Canada 
Length: 15 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2. Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1981 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal, Québéc, Canada 
Length: 7 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel (1918) 
3. Ma mère l'oye by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 05/1983 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal, Québéc, Canada 
Length: 28 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel (1911)
Composition written: France (1908 - 1910). 
4. Miroirs: Une barque sur l'océan by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1982 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal, Québéc, Canada 
Length: 7 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel 
5. Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1981 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal, Québéc, Canada 
Length: 15 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6. La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1981 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal, Québéc, Canada 
Length: 12 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7. Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1983 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal, Québéc, Canada 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel (1910) 
8. Le tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; orch. 191; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1983 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal, Québéc, Canada 
Length: 15 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel (1919) 
9. Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1983 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal, Québéc, Canada 
Length: 16 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel (1912) 
10. Menuet antique by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1982 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal, Québéc, Canada 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel (1929) 
11. L'éventail de Jeanne: Fanfare by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1982 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal, Québéc, Canada 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
12. Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2 by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1980 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal, Québéc, Canada 
Length: 16 Minutes 13 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Boléro
Alborada del gracioso
Ma mère l'oye - Orchestral version: Prélude
Ma mère l'oye - Orchestral version: Danse du Rouet et Scène
Ma mère l'oye - Orchestral version: Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
Ma mère l'oye - Orchestral version: Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête
Ma mère l'oye - Orchestral version: Petit Poucet
Ma mère l'oye - Orchestral version: Laideronette; Apothéose. Le jardin féerique
Une barque sur l'océan
Rapsodie espagnole
La Valse - Choreographic poem, for Orchestra
Pavane pour une infante défunte - Orchestral version
Le tombeau de Couperin - Orchestral version: 1. Prélude
Le tombeau de Couperin - Orchestral version: 2. Forlane
Le tombeau de Couperin - Orchestral version: 3. Menuet
Le tombeau de Couperin - Orchestral version: 4. Rigaudon
Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Orchestra: 1. Modéré; 2. Assez lent
Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Orchestra: 3. Modéré; 4. Assez animé
Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Orchestra: 5. Presque lent; 6. Assez vif
Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Orchestra: 7. Moins vif; 8. Epilogue
Menuet antique
Fanfare from "L'Eventail de Jeanne"
Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2: 1. Lever du jour [Daphnis et Chloë, Suite No.2]
Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2: 2. Pantomime [Daphnis et Chloë, Suite No.2]
Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2: 3. Danse générale [Daphnis et Chloë, Suite No.2]

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