WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Ravel: Bolero; La Valse; Rhapsodie Espagnole; Menuet Antique; Ma Mere L'oye / Boulez


Release Date: 04/05/2011 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 68968  
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York PhilharmonicCleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
This title is currently unavailable.



Notes and Editorial Reviews

"These are extremely fine recordings, topped only by Boulez himself on DG, performances not necessarily "better", but certainly sonically superior. Still, I retain a marginal preference for this ebullient and harrowing La Valse, and the super-precise and super-cool Cleveland interpretation of the Rapsodie is unique. Whether those qualities are what you want in this particular piece is very much a matter of personal choice; in his Berlin remake, Boulez put a little more meat on the music's bones. Boléro builds to a massively powerful climax...The sound suits the different orchestras: chamber-like in Cleveland, big and even boomy in New York, with a touch of glassiness to the strings in louder passages. At less than full Read more price, this is an extremely good deal, even if you already have tons of Ravel in your collection." [4/20/2006]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Reviewing earlier release
Read less

Works on This Recording

1. La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
2. Menuet antique by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; France 
3. Ma mère l'oye by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
4. Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
5. Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook