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Ravel: Bolero, La Valse, Daphnis et Chloe / Ansermet


Release Date: 09/02/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 468564   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande OrchestraSuisse Romande Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An idiomatic sense of style and a very fine ear have kept these performances before an admiring public for more than four decades in some cases. Ernest Ansermet's Boléro and La Valse have always stood with the best, offering strikingly clear, linear transparency of texture with no holding back at the volcanic climaxes. The Rapsodie espagnole suffers a bit from dated sound yet still manages to convey a remarkable amount of color and certainly great rhythmic vitality. The Valses nobles et sentimentales and Pavane sound somewhat pale compared to the best alternatives, but Alborada del gracioso still charms, and this Daphnis et Chloé remains one of Ansermet's (and the work's) great recordings. It has that "magical" atmosphere in abundance, and Read more a gripping symphonic logic that carries the work off in a single impressive span. Ansermet correctly treats the chorus as an integrated, coloristic background, and not soloistically, and if the final Bacchanale doesn't have quite the lift of some other favorite versions (Munch or Boulez, say), the scene in the pirate's camp and the threatening apparition of Pan never have been done better. Finally, although the disc claims that Ansermet plays Ma Mère l'Oye complete, he actually uses his own version, which includes the Prélude and first dance from the complete ballet, followed by Ravel's five-movement suite in its original (non-ballet) order without the connecting material composed for the stage presentation. It's an effective concept, and like most of the performances on these two excellently remastered CDs, one that well withstands the test of time.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
2.
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
3.
Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 
4.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
5.
Ma mère l'oye by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
6.
Daphnis et Chloé by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Chorus,  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1912; France 
7.
Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
8.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 

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