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Bolero, La Valse/Images (Munch, Boston So) [Sacd/CD Hybrid] Hybrid SACD, SACD

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  • Audio CD (14 Feb. 2005)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Living Stereo
  • ASIN: B0006PV5US
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 31 Mar. 2013
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This disc, compiled from recordings made in 1955-57, is yet another triumph for the remastering team. the tonal spectrum has become less harsh than before and has a warmer and believable range. The depth of aural field has been deepened and is also much improved. The interpretations are typical of Munch with a high degree of emotional fire and drive.

Not all pieces will be seen in this way by all listeners. The disc is described as having a 'ferocious performance of Bolero' for example. Those who respond well to this description can safely ignore my reservations as I would suggest that Ravel is a more subtle composer than the one that Munch puts forward. Reiner, taking an example from the same period, made a famous disc of Ravel's music which throws an altogether different imaginative light on the Rapsodie. Monteux also took a subtler line as have the majority of other recorded and respected conductors aver the last 50 years or so.

Debussy, in this piece (the orchestral Images), can take a more rumbustious approach as befits the Spanish scenarios and Munch is far more successful here. This would rival the Monteux performance as a valid interpretation while still being essentially different in the same ways. Monteux goes for subtleties and Munch goes for impact. The Boston players support him all the way as do the engineers.

To conclude I would suggest that this disc will appeal without question to all those who naturally respond to Munch's extrovert approach in all these works and also to those who are considering upgrading their earlier mastered copy to this new version. Those who crave subtlety in Ravel and to a lesser extent in Debussy's Images for orchestra, may wish to consider other versions which offer valid alternative viewpoints.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Lazzerini on 15 May 2011
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I have no doubt that the sound quality of these Living Stereo SACDs is stunning, and the interpretations are often legendary, but in this case I have some reservations.

The Ravel pieces, in particular Bolero, lack the subtlety of (for example) Pierre Boulez; Munch is rather 'heavy handed' from the start, which prevents the effect of gradual emotional climax from building up correctly. Also the side drum is too dominant in the recording set-up. Here I would recommend the CD Ravel: Boléro; La Valse; Rhapsodie Espagnole; Menuet Antique; Ma Mère L'Oye.

I have no such reservations with the Debussy Images, for which I would give 5 stars. The dynamic range of SACD really brings the pieces to life, and evokes all the different atmospheres that the composer presumably intended.

Note for those with multi-channel playback equipment: On the SACD multi-channel layer, the Ravel pieces are stereo recordings, and the Debussy is a 3 track recording (left, centre and right speakers). Even more reason to prefer the Debussy!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marc Haegeman on 28 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's clear that RCA must be the champion of re-release and re-packaging, but then again this famous Ravel/Debussy disc from the mid-fities in the Living Stereo series remains in a class of its own. The winning combination of Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony musicians set standards of orchestral virtuosity, sense of atmosphere (one can really smell the fragrances of the night in Debussy's "Images") and full-blooded excitement that have hardly ever been equalled, let alone surpassed. And very few have proven more authoritative and eloquent than Charles Munch in the French repertory.
Available now in convincingly enhanced SACD sound quality (which is indeed an improvement over its previous CD-guises in clarity, warmth and pure sonic impact), this is one of the greatest discs of Ravel and Debussy of all time.
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