This thoroughly recommendable issue is most welcome on CD, where its appreciable attributes can be even more clearly heard. Each singer has been carefully chosen for his or her task, and the contrast in timbres is, for the most part, illuminating. My single reservation concerns Heather Harper whom I now find a little cool for Sheherazade, in spite of the obvious distinction of her phrasing, but then this cycle isn't that well suited to Boulez's talents for stereoscopic precision and minute calculation. The other three singers have hardly been bettered as interpreters of their songs, and Boulez and his BBC and Parisian colleagues play throughout with delicacy combined with pinpoint accuracy. The recordings, made at different times in theRead more 1970s and 1980s, are finely balanced. So I am as enthusiastic about the disc as I was back in 1984, if not more so.
Music Used for PaintingJuly 4, 2012By Donald Waits See All My Reviews"I needed most of the music for a painting project I have had for years: Ravel's songs and piano pieces. This CD came in handy for this research. I do not paint "to" the music, but use the music as a starting point for thinking about scale, color, balances, etc. Most of this music had been in my collection for many years, but had gotten lost, misplaced, stolen, or damaged over the years. I did not have much of the material on this CD in one place."Report Abuse
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