Ravel: Orchestral Works; Piano Concertos; L'Enfant et les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade

Ravel: Orchestral Works; Piano Concertos; L'Enfant et les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade

by Charles Dutoit
     
 
For listeners who prefer their Ravel lushly textured, luminously colored, and luxuriantly impressionistic, this four-disc set of his orchestral music performed by Charles Dutoit and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal will be just the thing. Recorded between 1981 and 1995 in warmly opulent Decca sound and including all the canonical works plus

Overview

For listeners who prefer their Ravel lushly textured, luminously colored, and luxuriantly impressionistic, this four-disc set of his orchestral music performed by Charles Dutoit and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal will be just the thing. Recorded between 1981 and 1995 in warmly opulent Decca sound and including all the canonical works plus the two piano concerts and the opera "L'Enfant et les sortiléges," Dutoit's approach to Ravel is decidedly sensual, even tactile. One can feel the excitement in the closing "Dance générale" of "Daphnis et Chloé," sense the energy in "La Valse," smell the sea in "Une barque sur l'océan," and touch the dancer's flushed skin in "Boléro." This is not to say that details are lost in Dutoit's performances -- with the superlative playing of the Montreal orchestra, one can assuredly hear everything in the scores. Nor is this to say that Dutoit neglects the music's clear shapes and lucid forms -- with a decisive beat and a clean technique, Dutoit's interpretations are models of clarity. But it is assuredly to assert that, for sheer aural beauty, these recordings cannot be beat. With the very virtuosic and very French playing of Pascal Rogé in the two piano concertos plus very characterful singing in "L'Enfant," this set will be mandatory listening for all those who love Ravel.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/04/2006
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947568919
catalogNumber:
000639702
Rank:
145237

Tracks

  1. Daphnis et Chloé, ballet for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  - Charles Dutoit  - Rene LaCourse  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus  - Claudia Wafer
  2. Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra)  - Maurice Ravel  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - John Zirbel  - Claudia Wafer
  3. La valse, poème choréographique for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Claudia Wafer
  4. Piano Concerto in G major  - Maurice Ravel  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Pascal Rogé  - Claudia Wafer
  5. Le tombeau de Couperin, for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Claudia Wafer
  6. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra)  - Maurice Ravel  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Claudia Wafer
  7. Menuet antique, for piano (or orchestra)  - Maurice Ravel  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Claudia Wafer
  8. Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)  - Maurice Ravel  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Pascal Rogé  - Claudia Wafer
  9. Fanfare, for orchestra (for collaborative ballet L'eventail de Jeanne)  - Maurice Ravel  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Claudia Wafer
  10. Boléro, ballet for orchestra (or piano)  - Maurice Ravel  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Claudia Wafer
  11. Alborada del Gracioso, for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Claudia Wafer
  12. Ma mère l'oye, ballet for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Claudia Wafer
  13. Une barque sur l'océan, for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Claudia Wafer
  14. Rhapsodie espagnole, for orchestra (or 2 pianos)  - Maurice Ravel  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Claudia Wafer
  15. L'enfant et les sortilèges, opera-ballet in 2 parts  - Maurice Ravel  - Colette Alliot-Lugaz  - Claudine Carlson  - Catherine Dubosc  - Charles Dutoit  - Georges Gautier  - Didier Henry  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Lionel Sarrazin  - Odette Beaupré  - Claudia Wafer  - Marie-Françoise Lefort
  16. Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano)  - Maurice Ravel  - Catherine Dubosc  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Claudia Wafer
  17. Shéhérazade--Fairy Overture, for orchestra (or 2 pianos)  - Maurice Ravel  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Claudia Wafer

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