Boulez Conducts Ravel & Debussy

Boulez Conducts Ravel & Debussy

by Pierre Boulez
     
 

Between 1991 and 1999, Pierre Boulez recorded the major orchestral works of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the London Symphony Orchestra; Deutsche Grammophon has reissued these handsomeSee more details below

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Between 1991 and 1999, Pierre Boulez recorded the major orchestral works of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the London Symphony Orchestra; Deutsche Grammophon has reissued these handsome performances in a six-CD trimline box. The Debussy recordings occupy a little more than two of the discs, while the majority of space is devoted to a much larger representation of Ravel's orchestral music. Rightly or wrongly, these composers have been tagged with the term, "Impressionist," so-called after the 19th century art movement in France, primarily for their use of evocative tone colors and exotic-sounding orchestration to create atmospheric music that suggests, rather than boldly depicts, images. As a master of instrumental colors, dynamics, and textures, Boulez is one of the world's finest interpreters of these works, especially because his keen awareness of the composers' innovations translates into accurate performances that always sound meticulously rehearsed and perfectly polished. There is no attempt to create an overly fluffy or diaphanous sound, typical of imitations of Debussy and Ravel in clichéd film music, nor any manipulation of the orchestra to make the scores prettier or more lush than they already are. Instead, the orchestras give incisive, scintillating, and often robust-sounding performances that feel newly conceived and far from ordinary. Deutsche Grammophon's reproduction is all-digital and exceptional for its clarity and depth. Highly recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2012
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947903338
catalogNumber:
001676802
Rank:
62355

Tracks

  1. Ballades de François Villon (3), song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra), L.119  - Claude Debussy  - Pierre Boulez  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Alison Hagley  - François Villon  - Marion Thiem  - Philipp Starke
  2. Le jet d'eau ("Tes beaux yeux sont las, pauvre amants"), song for voice & piano, L. 64/3  - Claude Debussy  - Pierre Boulez  - Charles Baudelaire  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Alison Hagley  - Marion Thiem  - Philipp Starke
  3. Danses sacrée et profane, for chromatic harp & string orchestra, L. 103  - Claude Debussy  - Pierre Boulez  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Marion Thiem  - Philipp Starke  - Lisa Wellbaum
  4. Menuet antique, for piano (or orchestra)  - Maurice Ravel  - Pierre Boulez  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Marion Thiem  - Philipp Starke
  5. Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra)  - Maurice Ravel  - Pierre Boulez  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Marion Thiem  - Philipp Starke
  6. Le tombeau de Couperin, for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  - Pierre Boulez  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Marion Thiem  - Philipp Starke
  7. Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano)  - Maurice Ravel  - Pierre Boulez  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Tristan Klingsor  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Marion Thiem  - Philipp Starke
  8. La Mer, symphonic sketches (3) for orchestra, L. 109  - Claude Debussy  - Pierre Boulez  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Roger Wright  - Philipp Starke
  9. Jeux, ballet, L. 126  - Claude Debussy  - Pierre Boulez  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Roger Wright  - Philipp Starke
  10. Rhapsodie for clarinet & piano (or orchestra), L. 116  - Claude Debussy  - Pierre Boulez  - Alison Ames  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Franklin Cohen  - Philipp Starke
  11. Nocturnes, for female chorus & orchestra, L. 91  - Claude Debussy  - Pierre Boulez  -  Cleveland Orchestra  -  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus  - Roger Wright  - Philipp Starke
  12. Images (3), for orchestra, L. 122  - Claude Debussy  - Pierre Boulez  - Alison Ames  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Philipp Starke
  13. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), for orchestra, L. 86  - Claude Debussy  - Pierre Boulez  - Alison Ames  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Philipp Starke
  14. Printemps, symphonic suite for chorus, piano & orchestra, L. 61  - Claude Debussy  - Pierre Boulez  - Alison Ames  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Philipp Starke
  15. Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)  - Maurice Ravel  - Pierre Boulez  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Roger Wright  - Krystian Zimerman  - Marion Thiem  - Philipp Starke
  16. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra)  - Maurice Ravel  - Pierre Boulez  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Roger Wright  - Marion Thiem  - Philipp Starke
  17. Piano Concerto in G major  - Maurice Ravel  - Pierre Boulez  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Roger Wright  - Marion Thiem  - Philipp Starke
  18. La valse, poème choréographique for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  - Pierre Boulez  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Roger Wright  - Philipp Starke
  19. Daphnis et Chloé, ballet for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  - Pierre Boulez  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Mikhail Fokine  -  Berlin Radio Chorus  - Roger Wright  - Philipp Starke
  20. Boléro, ballet for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  - Pierre Boulez  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Roger Wright  - Philipp Starke
  21. Rhapsodie espagnole, for orchestra (or 2 pianos)  - Maurice Ravel  - Pierre Boulez  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Roger Wright  - Philipp Starke
  22. Alborada del Gracioso, for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  - Pierre Boulez  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Roger Wright  - Philipp Starke
  23. Une barque sur l'océan, for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  - Pierre Boulez  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Roger Wright  - Philipp Starke
  24. Ma mère l'oye, ballet for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  - Pierre Boulez  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Roger Wright  - Philipp Starke

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