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Ravel: Bolero, La Valse, Etc / Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw


Release Date: 06/10/2003 
Label:  Universal   Catalog #: 000044102   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Ravel's music is, as we know, all "surface", and few conductors and orchestras polish that surface to a finer sheen than Haitink and the Concertgebouw. The orchestra's supremely accomplished winds make a thing of joy out of Le Tombeau de Couperin, while Boléro has terrific style (great trombone and saxophones) as well as the necessary inexorable intensity. Really, there's not a second of music-making here that isn't of the highest quality: the Rhapsodie espagnole has real panache and the necessary sultry, sexy languor; Alborada del Gracioso sparkles with rhythmic verve; and the Pavane retains its dignity without ever turning sticky. Gorgeous sonics capture the proceedings with exemplary faithfulness,
Read more warmth, and clarity. Containing more than 74 minutes of music, this disc is a steal. [10/4/2003]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
2.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
3.
Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Notes: Arranged: Maurice Ravel 
4.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Notes: Arranged: Maurice Ravel (1910) 
5.
Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 
6.
Le tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; orch. 191; France 
Notes: Arranged: Maurice Ravel (1919) 

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