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

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

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: 106990


  1. Daphnis et Chloé, ballet for orchestra
  2. Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra)
  3. La valse, poème choréographique for orchestra
  4. Piano Concerto in G major
  5. Le tombeau de Couperin, for orchestra
  6. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra)
  7. Menuet antique, for piano (or orchestra)
  8. Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)
  9. Fanfare, for orchestra (for collaborative ballet L'eventail de Jeanne)
  10. Boléro, ballet for orchestra (or piano)
  11. Alborada del Gracioso, for orchestra
  12. Ma mère l'oye, ballet for orchestra
  13. Une barque sur l'océan, for orchestra
  14. Rhapsodie espagnole, for orchestra (or 2 pianos)
  15. L'enfant et les sortilèges, opera-ballet in 2 parts
  16. Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano)
  17. Shéhérazade--Fairy Overture, for orchestra (or 2 pianos)

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