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Ravel: Orchestral Works / Abbado, Boston So, London So


Release Date: 05/03/1999 
Label:  Dg Double Catalog #: 459439   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraBoston Symphony OrchestraNew England Conservatory Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 31 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Maurice Ravel has long been noted for the passionate enthusiasm of his compositions. The intense emotional reaction he inspires has made him a perennial favorite of concertgoers. This collection of Ravel's orchestral pieces offers a choice selection of his most notable works. Two of the world's greatest orchestras, led by the same excellent conductor, treat listeners to a brilliantly performed program.
Few pieces of 20th-century classical music have the popular appeal of Ravel's 'Boléro.' Based on a traditional Spanish dance, it is ageless and hardly feels like a contemporary composition. Deceptively simple, it builds to a mighty crescendo. Similarly impassioned, Ravel's 'Rapsodie espagnole' is far more complex in its structure. The
Read more early overture 'Shéhérazade' and the 'Valses nobles et sentimentales' are more serene, and yet just as full of romance.
Conductor Claudio Abbado gets excellent performances out of both the Boston and London Symphony Orchestras, inspiring his musicians to pour their hearts into every passage. Digital remastering of the original recordings brings greater definition and clarity to the album. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1985 
Venue:  Town Hall, Watford, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2.
Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1985 
Venue:  Town Hall, Watford, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 51 Secs. 
3.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1985 
Venue:  Town Hall, Watford, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1981 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2 by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1970 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 16 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
6.
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1988 
Venue:  All Saints Church, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 46 Secs. 
7.
Le tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; orch. 191; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  All Saints Church, London, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 21 Secs. 
8.
Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  All Saints Church, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
9.
Menuet antique by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  All Saints Church, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
10.
Miroirs: Une barque sur l'océan by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  All Saints Church, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 13 Secs. 
11.
L'éventail de Jeanne: Fanfare by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  All Saints Church, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
12.
Ouverture de féerie "Shéhérazade" by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1898; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  All Saints Church, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 31 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Rapsodie espagnole: 4. Feria
Boléro: Tempo di Bolero moderato assai
Rapsodie espagnole: 1. Prélude à la nuit
Rapsodie espagnole: 2. Malagueña
Rapsodie espagnole: 3. Habanera
Pavane pour une infante défunte: Lent
Valses nobles et sentimentales: 1. Modéré - très franc
Valses nobles et sentimentales: 2. Assez lent - avec une expression intense
Valses nobles et sentimentales: 3. Modéré
Valses nobles et sentimentales: 4. Assez animé
Valses nobles et sentimentales: 5. Presque lent - dans un sentiment intime
Valses nobles et sentimentales: 6. Assez vif
Valses nobles et sentimentales: 7. Moins vif
Valses nobles et sentimentales: 8. Epilogue (Lent)
Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2
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
Alborada del gracioso: Assez vif
Shéhérazade - Ouverture de féerie: Modéré
Menuet antique - for Orchestra: Maestoso
Une barque sur l'océan: Très souple de rythme
Fanfare from "L'Eventail de Jeanne": Allegro moderato
La Valse - Choreographic poem, for Orchestra: Mouvement de valse viennoise

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