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Ravel: Tzigane, Sheherazade, Etc / Abbado, M Price, Accardo


Release Date: 11/22/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 427314   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Margaret PriceSalvatore Accardo
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The playing of the orchestra is nothing short of sensational. Add to that Margaret Price's assured singing and Salvatore Accardo's sweet-toned playing, and you have a disc to treasure.

The playing of the orchestral items here is nothing short of sensational. The LSO has always responded to its former music director with a special degree of warmth and virtuosity and the sessions from which these performances derive only confirm the point. I doubt if you could hope to hear either "Alborada del gracioso" or La valse, which respectively open and close the disc, delivered with greater élan or a closer understanding of their moods: in particular, the close of the latter piece reflects the ne plus ultra of an
Read more idea's destruction. The effect is positively manic so that one feels almost in the same state as at the end of Elektra. Edward Greenfield found this reading a little hard when it first appeared six years ago, but surely a touch of blatant cynicism is what Ravel was about here. Abbado is just as successful with "Une barque sur l'océan", like "Alborada", an orchestration of piano pieces from Miroirs. Abbado then does what he can for the early work, the overture Shéhérazade, which is not among Ravel's most compelling.

The song cycle of the same name has nothing to do with the overture. It receives here a richly sung and assured reading from Margaret Price, always a favourite singer with Abbado. Her generous resources are fully equal to the shimmering "Asie" and she catches most of the languorous sensuality of the other two songs, although a slightly more intimate, caressing tone is called for here, such as Crespin provides in her classic 1964 recording now on Decca CD. To complete one's pleasure Accardo gives a predictably virtuoso, sweet-toned account of Tzigane, sensuously supported by the LSO. So, with superb recorded quality and 68 minutes of music, this disc is something to buy and treasure.

-- Gramophone [7/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Shéhérazade by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Margaret Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Language: French 
2.
Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Salvatore Accardo (Violin)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 
3.
Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
4.
Miroirs: Une barque sur l'océan by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
5.
Ouverture de féerie "Shéhérazade" by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1898; France 
6.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 

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 Ravel I was unaxquainted with June 29, 2012 By philip lang (ashland, OR) See All My Reviews "Lovely music - I love Ravel, particularly the vocal work - enchanting and evocativeGlad to add it to my collection. Great recording!" Report Abuse
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