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Ravel: Bolero, La Valse, Etc / Boulez, Nypo, Et Al


Release Date: 10/18/2005 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 92758   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York PhilharmonicCleveland OrchestraCamerata Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

Imported from : ARGENTINA   
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

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, and both Alborada del Gracioso (in Cleveland again) and the Daphnis suite are just about as good as it gets in this music. The sound suits the different orchestras: chamber-like in Cleveland, big and even Read more boomy in New York, with a touch of glassiness to the strings in louder passages. At less than full 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 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
Date of Recording: 12/21/1974 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 15 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Date of Recording: 02/23/1974 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 13 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 
Date of Recording: 07/21/1969 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 14 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4.
Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 07/21/1969 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 7 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5.
Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2 by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Singers,  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1975 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 15 Minutes 35 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Boléro
La Valse
Prélude a la nuit
Malagueña
Habanera
Feria
Alborada del Gracioso
Lever du jour
Pantomine
Danse générale

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