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


Release Date: 09/26/2000 
Label:  Dg Panorama Catalog #: 469184   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Martha ArgerichSalvatore Accardo
Conductor:  Herbert von KarajanPierre BoulezClaudio AbbadoSeiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraBoston Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 32 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An excellent introduction to Ravel. Boulez's Valse swirls in great gestures, conveying an impression of a colossal visionary dream, while Argerich's volcanic brilliance in the Piano Concerto brings the listener a vivid canvas.

There can be no complaints about parsimony in the case of the Universal Group's Panorama series. The discs are packed tight however playing time is not a virtue in isolation. The performances and recordings need to be good as well. The strength of this new budget level contender is that it uses recordings already tried and tested. Universal can draw on the classical vaults of Decca, DG and Philips so we can expect (and usually get) memorable music making.

Karajan's Boléro,
Read more aptly remorseless and enjoyably slick, is bedevilled with some hiss (rec 1966). Boulez's Valse (rec 1995) swirls in great gestures, conveying an impression of a colossal visionary dream, emphatic and broad at its close. Argerich (a common presence throughout the pair of discs) is a Ravel specialist having recorded the concertos at least twice. Her volcanic brilliance in the G major (rec 1988) conspires with a recording of sonic depth to bring the listener a vivid canvas. The performance has a delicacy (middle movement) allied with a grand sound-picture. There is some stunning woodwind playing at start of final movement. Her glittering virtuosity, casually delivered, also illumines Jeux d'Eau and Gaspard (rec 1961 and 1975). The Rapsodie (rec 1974) tends to emphasise Eusebius at the expense of Florestan with languor giving way to the feria elements. The Pavane's regretful elegance and frozen beauty plays out the last track and prepares for a tense and dreamlike Daphnis Second Suite. 2 which has you by the lapels. I liked this although I know that some have found it all too tense. The Piano Trio is given a controlled and refined interpretation responsive to the tidal flow of the music. Tzigane is both honeyed and zestful in the hands of Accardo and Abbado.

A good collection; nicely prepared and presented. Excellent introduction to Ravel.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
Length: 16 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2. La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Length: 13 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
3. Concerto for Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; France 
Length: 22 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
4. Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 
Length: 14 Minutes 34 Secs. 
5. Jeux d'eau by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6. Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
7. Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2 by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Length: 16 Minutes 16 Secs. 
8. Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
Length: 22 Minutes 2 Secs. 
9. Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Salvatore Accardo (Violin)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 
Length: 9 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
10. Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Length: 26 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Tzigane - Concert Rhapsody For Violin And Orchestra
Boléro
La Valse - Choreographic Poem, For Orchestra: La Valse
Piano Concerto In G: 1. Allegramente
Piano Concerto In G: 2. Adagio assai
Piano Concerto In G: 3. Presto
Rapsodie espagnole: 1. Prélude à la nuit
Rapsodie espagnole: 2. Malagueña
Rapsodie espagnole: 3. Habanera
Rapsodie espagnole: 4. Feria
Jeux d'eau
Pavane pour une infante défunte
Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2: 1. Lever du jour
Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2: 2. Pantomime
Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2: 3. Danse générale
Gaspard de la nuit, M.55: Ondine
Gaspard de la nuit: Le gibet
Gaspard de la nuit: Scarbo
Piano Trio in A minor: 1. Modéré
Piano Trio in A minor: 2. Pantoum (Assez vif)
Piano Trio in A minor: 3. Passacaille (Très large)
Piano Trio in A minor: 4. Final (Animé)
Tzigane - Concert Rhapsody For Violin And Orchestra

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