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Debussy: Nocturnes / Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No.2; Pavane / Scriabin: Le Poème de l'exstase

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  • Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Composer: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Alexander Scriabin
  • Audio CD (3 Sep 2012)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nuages. Modéré - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
2. Fêtes. Animé et très rythmé - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
3. Sirènes. Modérément animé - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado, New England Conservatory Chorus, Lorna Cooke DeVaron
4. Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2 - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado, New England Conservatory Chorus, Lorna Cooke DeVaron
5. Pavane pour une infante défunte - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
6. Le Poème de l'Extase, Op.54 - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Irons on 27 Feb 2013
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This is a fabulous disc. The Debussy Nocturnes are marvellously atmospheric, especially Nuages and Sirenes. Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe suite sounds really magical , rich and heady, with the choir bringing an extra element of ecstasy. The Pavane is given a poignant performance. There are so many individual moments to relish and enjoy, but the combination of these pieces works really well too. Great to see this reissued with the Scriabin adding to the general intoxication! A real treat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alf Sjuls Hansen on 14 Feb 2013
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The Boston Symphony Orchestra must be the best American Orchestra for french music! Under Abbado they sound marvellous.
The best recording of La Poème de l'exstase I ever heard.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Abbado and the BSO....a classic pairing and a astounding bargain! 22 Oct 2012
By DAVID A. FLETCHER - Published on Amazon.com
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What a joy to have Abbado's BSO "Nocturnes," Pavane," and "Daphnis" back in the catalog in the sonically refurbished DG Originals format. I can fondly remember the old early 70s LP on the "yellow label," with its silent surfaces complimenting the BSO's sonic mist and splash. It was this performance of "Nocturnes" that became my listener's Debussy benchmarks, along with Boulez's "La Mer" with the NPO on Columbia. A few years back it was reissued as part of a Debussy two-fer in DG's Panorama Series. I can report that in the new "Originals" format, textures are a bit more transparent, with a more present low end as well. Scriabin's "Poeme de l'Extase" rounds out the final 19 minutes of the disc, which DG detached from its original Tchaikovsky coupling from the LP era.

Recordings by DG made in Boston's acoustical wonder (or curse) Boston Symphony Hall, have almost universally adopted a bit of a third balcony perspective; that is to say, light on mid-range "presence" and heavy on atmosphere (read hall ambience). RCA's approach with Munch, and Arthur Fiedler's Pops efforts, brought things closer to Dress Circle and perhaps a beefier tonal palette. The DG Ozawa outings brought things a bit closer in, but for the early 70s releases with Steinberg, Tilson Thomas, and Abbado, we're very much in the realm of atmospheric brilliance. To that point, it's important to say that Abbado used that balance to great effect. The BSO Hall is almost an instrument in and of itself, allowing the diaphanous string writing of "Nuages" to sound a misty traverse of the soundstage, yet internal rhythms from basses and celli are allowed to "tell" so that all is not a sonic swamp. "Fetes" introduce brass and percussion with great precision and snap, with the insistent wind triplets caught beautifully. "Sirenes" adds the New England Conservatory Chorus in a rather magical way, again aided and abetted by the BSO Hall. All in all, Abbado's "Nocturnes" are among my most favored renditions. A shame, then, that DG didn't arrange more Debussy with the same forces (one senses that a "La Mer" would have been marvelous, perhaps more so than Abbado's concert performance with his Lucerne orchestra).

As it was, we should be happy that Ravel's second "Daphnis et Chloe" Suite was planned, along with the lesser light "Pavane pour une Enfante Defunte" (though in Abbado's hands, "Pavane" never sounds trivilized; indeed, it's quite beautiful). "Daphnis" doesn't erase memories of Munch or Monteux, but again it's the contribution of the superb NECC near-orgiastic singing that places this effort by Abbado well into the upper ranks. Beautifully considered, rhythmically engaging, and brilliantly executed.

Like another reviewer, I've never totally warmed to Scriabin's "Poeme," (not helped by the BSO's trumpet, which almost brought Harry James to mind--that does date me, I know), though both Abbado and the BSO sound thoroughly involved, generating the requisite sonic Art Nouveau that devotees have come to expect. Gergiev's effort for Philips some years back was perhaps more committed, more "Russian" in his approach. Abbado and the BSO were originally paired here--on LP--with Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliette," and perhaps that made for a better listening partner.

Opinions of Scriabin aside, a valuable disc, and quite the value monetarily, as DG looks to have used this to reintroduce its "Originals" series with a complimentary catalog, not to mention a reduced price point. With Claudio Abbado's increasingly precarious health, it's good to have additional bookends to one of music's great maestros' career, now in its golden twilight with his hand-picked Lucerne Festival Orchestra (see my reviews for their superb Mahler concert videos). And, to keep an equally satisfying period of the BSO's recorded heritage front and center.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Wonderful Disc 12 Oct 2012
By Mark E. Stenroos - Published on Amazon.com
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Debussy, 3 Nocturnes; Ravel, Daphnis et Chloe, Suite No.2; Pavane pour une infante defunte; Scriabin, Le Poème de l'Extase.
Boston Symphony Orchestra; New England Conservatory Chorus; Claudio Abbado, Conductor.

This recording has been available on DG CD before with different cover art and without the audio refurbishing DG applies to their Original series. It is being offered at the loss leader price of $7.99, enclosed in a slipcase that also contains a complete 60-page DG Originals Catalog. It's quite the bargain.

I confess that I have never owned these recordings in any form. It took me awhile to warm to Abbado as a conductor, so I never got the LP issue. Boy, was I missing out! This is a fabulous disc all around. Great playing, great conducting and a great recording. It's hard to believe it's a DG product, to be honest. The sound is very realistic and spectacular.

I very much enjoyed the Debussy and Ravel selections. The Scriabin leaves me cold. I've never much cared for this piece, mainly because that damned trumpet tune that keeps coming back is such a hackneyed theme, though the superlatives above concerning the sound and performance apply to the recording of this piece as well.

Buy this CD now, before someone decides to jettison the free catalog and mark up the price of the CD another $4 or so.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Generally excellent refurbishings 11 Jan 2013
By John W. Ehrlich - Published on Amazon.com
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Debussy very atmospheric and beautifully recorded. Scriabin surely better than its earlier CD incarnation, but still lacking in overall impact which is surely still possible to be heard in a more careful and hands-on mastering such as the Japanese regularly achieve in their JVC ministrations.
Sonic Perfection.. 2 Oct 2013
By horowizard - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally on CD! I'll never know why it took DGG so long to come to their senses. I can't tell you how many years I've had to deal with substandard performances of Debussy's Nocturnes (it's one of my favorite pieces) but nobody else does it for me like Claudio Abbado.
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