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Ravel: Bolero, Etc; Debussy: Images / Munch, Boston Symphony


Release Date: 01/25/2005 
Label:  Rca Victor Living Stereo Catalog #: 66374   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Maurice RavelClaude Debussy
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These two- and three-channel SACD reissues sound splendid, and Munch's performances are justly famous. He redid Boléro and La valse in the early 1960s, performances that I marginally prefer thanks to their slightly greater brilliance, and the concluding Feria of the Rapsodie hasn't quite the glitter that others such as Abbado or Reiner on this same label have brought to it; but by any standard these are extremely fine interpretations--fiery and exciting as we have come to expect from Munch. The Debussy Images is even better, engagingly atmospheric and full of fine playing. Munch could ride a bit rough over Debussy's delicately judged textures (as in his La Mer), but not here. Iberia in particular has a visceral quality that few other Read more performances match, while Rondes de printemps is truly joyous. If you somehow missed these performances over the past half-century or so, now's your chance to get caught up.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Hall, Boston 
2.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Hall, Boston 
3.
Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Hall, Boston 
4.
Images for Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1912; France 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Hall, Boston 

Customer Reviews

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 French Impressionist View of Spain May 26, 2017 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Munch, always good for a rousing performance, here directs these Ravel and Debussy compositions in dramatic performances. This is highly entertaining music that all can enjoy. These early ('55-'57) Living Stereo recordings remastered for this SACD release sound very good. Strongly recommended--get it while it is still available; Sony won't be reissuing this in SACD once existing inventory is depleted." Report Abuse
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