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Ravel: Orchestral Works Vol 2 / Slatkin, Lyon

Ravel / Orchestre National De Lyon / Slatkin
Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572888   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Maurice Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales present a vivid mixture of atmospheric impressionism, intense expression and modernist wit, his fascination with the waltz further explored in La valse, a mysterious evocation of a vanished imperial epoch. Heard here in an orchestration by Marius Constant, Gaspard de la nuit is Ravel’s response to the other-worldly poems of Aloysius Bertrand, and the dance suite Le tombeau de Couperin is a tribute to friends who fell in the war of 1914–18 as well as a great 18th-century musical forbear. ‘It is a delightful and assorted collection…presented in splendid performances by the Orchestre National de Lyon led by their music director, the venerable American conductor Leonard Slatkin.’ Maurice Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales present a vivid mixture of atmospheric impressionism, intense expression and modernist wit, his fascination with the waltz further explored in La valse, a mysterious evocation of a vanished imperial epoch. Heard here in an orchestration by Marius Constant, Gaspard de la nuit is Ravel’s response to the other-worldly poems of Aloysius Bertrand, and the dance suite Le tombeau de Couperin is a tribute to friends who fell in the war of 1914–18 as well as a great 18th-century musical forbear. ‘It is a delightful and assorted collection…presented in splendid performances by the Orchestre National de Lyon led by their music director, the venerable American conductor Leonard Slatkin.’ Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
2.
Le tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; orch. 191; France 
3.
La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
4.
Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 

Sound Samples

Valses nobles et sentimentales (version for orchestra): I. Modere
Valses nobles et sentimentales (version for orchestra): II. Assez lent
Valses nobles et sentimentales (version for orchestra): III. Modere
Valses nobles et sentimentales (version for orchestra): IV. Assez anime
Valses nobles et sentimentales (version for orchestra): V. Presque lent
Valses nobles et sentimentales (version for orchestra): VI. Assez vif
Valses nobles et sentimentales (version for orchestra): VII. Moins vif
Valses nobles et sentimentales (version for orchestra): Epilogue
Gaspard de la nuit (arr. M. Constant for orchestra): I. Ondine
Gaspard de la nuit (arr. M. Constant for orchestra): II. Le gibet
Gaspard de la nuit (arr. M. Constant for orchestra): III. Scarbo
Le tombeau de Couperin (version for orchestra): No. 1. Prelude
Le tombeau de Couperin (version for orchestra): No. 2. Forlane
Le tombeau de Couperin (version for orchestra): No. 3. Menuet
Le tombeau de Couperin (version for orchestra): No. 4. Rigaudon
La valse (version for orchestra)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Delightful Ravel January 9, 2014 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Leonard Slatkin has been really busy recording for Naxos in the past few years, completing a Rachmaninov series in Detroit, and playing French music with the Orchestre National de Lyon. This is the second disc of Ravel's orchestral music, to go along with music by Berlioz. I found Slatkin a bit cool in the first disc, though I praised the playing of the orchestra and the sound provided by the Naxos engineers. This disc has the latter strengths, with strong playing from the Lyon woodwinds and brass especially, and lifelike sound that perfectly sets off Ravel's Gallic charms. As to the direction of the music, Slatkin is perhaps feeling more at home with the orchestra, or these three works - the Valses nobles et sentiment ales, Gaspard de la unit in Marius Constant's orchestration, and Le tombeau de Couperin - have captured his interest more than those in the first disc. Or maybe I'm warming to Slatkin's reserved approach. In any case, this music is captivating, and provides a delightful and welcome respite from the daily grind." Report Abuse
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