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Notes and Editorial Reviews
I may be alone in preferring Charles Munch's later recording of Daphnis, from the 1960s, to this classic 1955 version. The remake (last available on Japanese RCA) has even better playing, as well as more modern sound--not that this disc is all that much inferior. In fact, it's still a terrific feat of audio engineering, and Munch's interpretation is just as powerful and committed (and perhaps a bit swifter in the Bacchanal) as it would be later. Given the unavailability of his second effort, you certainly can purchase this with total confidence, and the two-channel SACD brings a touch more vividness to what already was a very fine remastering job. Let's face it: Munch was well nigh unbeatable in this music, and there's no point in quibbling
over tiny details. If you don't have this, then by all means don't hesitate. If you do own it, I don't think this latest remastering offers enough obvious differences to warrant trading in the previous release. [1/24/2005]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Daphnis et Chloé by Maurice Ravel
Boston Symphony Orchestra,
New England Conservatory Chorus,
New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909-1912; France
Date of Recording: 01/1955
Venue: Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts
Length: 54 Minutes 29 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 3 Customer Reviews )
Ravel's Beautiful Ballet Music May 26, 2017
By owen ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews
"I'm an untutorted barbarian who scorns foie gras, escargot, champagne and wears denims to concerts so it should not surprise you that I find this music boring. The more refined person will find this to be beautiful music so I commend it to the ladies of the Red Hat Society to use as background for their gatherings at Elise's Tea Room. Sorry 'bout that, Zita."
A LA BONNE HEURE!!! May 22, 2015
By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews
"...which is French for "well, it's about time!"---and indeed, it's about time I found the CD of my favorite performance of Daphnis with Munch and the Boston Symphony. Many moons ago I loved and enjoyed the LP recording of this choreographic symphony, as Ravel called it, and I've been hoping for a CD I can play in my car or wherever I could find a machine. Now I have it, and a SACD to boot, and it's absolutely fantastic. To put it in French, merci beaucoup!"
WOW! BRILLIANT! ASTOUNDING! June 24, 2012
By Jeffrey M. See All My Reviews
"What these audio engineers were able to acheive in the 1950's with
just 2 tracks(and later three)is just miraculous. And the remixing/
remastering for SACD that Philip Nedel & John Newton did was exquisite;bravo! The Boston Symphony Orchestra(Charles Munch;cond.),
the New England Conservatory Chorus and Alumni Chorus,Robert Shaw-
everyone was at their A-game with that project. The subsequent SACD
sounds as if it was recorded yesterday-not Jan.23rd & Jan.24th,1955!
I can't wait to buy another title-this time in 3 track."