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Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloe, Le Tombeau De Couperin, La Valse / Celibidache


Release Date: 06/28/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 453197  
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Special Order: This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 weeks.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

...The recordings, all from the 1970s, are very good without quite the depth of those from 1980. La Valse begins very slowly indeed, not so much "through swirling clouds" as in suspended animation. But this waltz progresses by fits and starts rather than truly organically (as under Boulez), becoming frenzied and languid by turns. Each episode is exaggerated, sometimes almost reaching stasis before racing ahead again. It may not be the most accurate on disc, but it is among the most decadent. The Daphnis suite is in the version without chorus, which is a pity, since the SWR can field a great chorus, if the "Sirènes" is any indication. The sumptuous tone color isn't compromised, and the orchestra can stand Read more comparison with name-brand competitors. This is an idiomatic and sympathetic account that needs no apologies; it's a shame that the whole ballet wasn't performed. The Pantomime is delicately cast, the flute perfectly miming the coquettish Chloe-as-Syrinx. Celibidache never forgets that this is a dance piece; tempos are never allowed to slacken or to become too manic, so that even the final Danse never spins out of control.

Le Tombeau de Couperin is my favorite Ravel, with its poignant neo-Classicism and brilliant but never extravagant orchestration. Celibidache misses some of the delicacy of the Boston recordings of Ozawa and Haitink in the Prelude, but his tempos, even the slowish Forlane, never seem to be counterintuitive or chosen to concentrate our attention, as in the Debussy. It may be a tribute to his eccentric genius, if such it is, that Celibidache plays these pieces straight. The set also includes a bonus disc of the maestro rehearsing La Mer, which is a fascinating document of Celibidache's almost obsessive attention to every bar of the opening, but it is difficult for those monoglots among us to follow.

I was much more impressed with these performances than I dared to hope. Rather than tolerating eccentric tempos and enduring enervating performances, I found myself increasingly engrossed by this program. Devotees of this conductor, and the rest of us, will find much to treasure here.

-- Christopher Abbot, FANFARE [11/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1. Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2 by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Notes: This performance is without a chorus. 
2. Le tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; orch. 191; France 
3. La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 

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