Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Orchestrations

Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Orchestrations

by Leonard Slatkin


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Release Date: 04/08/2016
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313312474
catalogNumber: 8573124
Rank: 236956


  1. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel
  2. Carnaval No. 21 ("Marche des 'Davidsbündler' contre les Philistins") for piano, Op. 9/21
  3. Carnaval No. 17 ("Paganini") for piano, Op. 9/17
  4. Carnaval No. 16 ("Valse allemande") for piano, Op. 9/16
  5. Carnaval No. 1 ("Préambule") for piano, Op. 9/1

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Ravel: Orchestral Works 3 - Orchestrations 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
lollidamaAC More than 1 year ago
This is not the first time Maestro Slatkin has recorded Pictures. His thoughts on this masterpiece have been documented twice before, first with St. Louis and subsequently with the National Philharmonic of London. In addition, Maestro Slatkin has recorded 2 other versions incorporating orchestrations by composers other than Ravel: once with the BBC SO and later with the Nashville SO. In this new recording with Orchestre National de Lyon, the conductor has prepared his own orchestration for the reinstated Promenade preceding Limoges. This had been originally omitted by Ravel prior to publication. The result is wholly convincing. What of the performance itself? It’s on the cool, measured side, weighted more toward an emphasis on color and texture sometimes at the expense of momentum. This is not surprising considering the context of including this work in a disc featuring orchestrations by Ravel. Some numbers gain marginally by this approach while others are constrained in impact. Still, this is a solid performance due in no small part to the refined, luminous playing of the orchestra. The shimmering transcriptions of Chabrier, Debussy and Schumann are most welcome, especially when played with such elan. On the whole, the sound engineering is quite good yet would have benefited by tighter focus and definition in some sections of Pictures. On the other hand, the Chabrier, Debussy and Schumann selections are of demonstration quality.