Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works

Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works

by Ray Chen
     
 
Maurice Ravel's orchestral works are universally regarded as models of the art of orchestration, and this 4-CD box set from Deutsche Grammophon presents them complete, in stupendous live performances by Lionel Bringuier and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. These recordings, made between 2014 and 2015, capture every aspect of Ravel's genius, from the colorful

Overview

Maurice Ravel's orchestral works are universally regarded as models of the art of orchestration, and this 4-CD box set from Deutsche Grammophon presents them complete, in stupendous live performances by Lionel Bringuier and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. These recordings, made between 2014 and 2015, capture every aspect of Ravel's genius, from the colorful transcriptions of his piano pieces to works composed specifically for orchestra. While the ever-popular "Boléro" is a textbook example of how to use tone colors for a cumulative effect, such lavish pieces as the ballets "Daphnis et Chloé" and "La Valse" are sumptuous in their lush textures and vibrant sonorities. Bringuier is an enthusiastic advocate for Ravel's music, and his expertise is apparent in his meticulous interpretations and in the precision of the musicians, who play with rhythmic accuracy and polished execution. Featured soloists in these performances are the virtuoso pianist Yuja Wang, who is exciting in the "Piano Concerto in G major" and the "Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major," and violinist Ray Chen, who delivers a compelling reading of "Tzigane." In the remaining selections, the Tonhalle shines with brilliant luster, and Deutsche Grammophon's reproduction is first-rate, with its depth, detail, and dynamic range approaching audiophile quality.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2016
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947955245
catalogNumber:
002463002
Rank:
8008

Tracks

  1. Daphnis et Chloé, ballet for orchestra
  2. La valse, poème choréographique for orchestra
  3. Rhapsodie espagnole, for orchestra (or 2 pianos)
  4. Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)
  5. Menuet antique, for piano (or orchestra)
  6. Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra)
  7. Fanfare, for orchestra (for collaborative ballet L'eventail de Jeanne)
  8. Ma mère l'oye, ballet for orchestra
  9. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra)
  10. Piano Concerto in G major
  11. Boléro, ballet for orchestra
  12. Tzigane, rhapsodie de concert, for violin & piano (or orchestra)
  13. Shéhérazade--Fairy Overture, for orchestra (or 2 pianos)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Chen   Primary Artist

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