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Ravel-Complete Orchestral Works [Box set]

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Audio CD (30 May 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000065TUZ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,403 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Bolero
2. Rapsodie espagnole
3. Ma Mère l'oye
4. Pavane pour une infante dèfunte
Disc: 2
1. Daphnis et Chloé
2. Valses nobles et sentimentales
Disc: 3
1. Le Tombeau de Couperin
2. Alborada del gracioso
3. Shéhérazade (ouverture)
4. Menuet antique
5. Une Barque sur l'océan
6. L'Eventail de Jeanne (fanfare)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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wonderful recordings and selection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ravel-Complete Orchestral Works 10 May 2010
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An excellent performance, the performers show a great understanding of the music. A performance I could get lost in and really relax.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ravel 21 Oct 2013
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i like ravel so i enjoyed this. do you like ravel? you ought to, he's great. daphnis et chloe is my fav
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5.0 out of 5 stars RAVEL CHILL OUT 10 May 2006
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Marvelous Recording and a Great Bargain To Boot 14 Dec 2008
By Ivan Weiser - Published on
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Since I think Homer is being somewhat silly in his one-sentence put-down of Ravel, Abbado, The Berlin Philharmonic *and* The LSO as more or less capable only of what he calls "Salon Music", I shall rise to the bait. Ravel is a serious composer of some very great music (and few pieces of music are as serious as La Valse, which virtually documents the collapse of European civilization during the First World War). And I could continue, but will spare everyone.

BUT: I totally agree with Homer that these CDs deserve five stars. The music is superlatively played - and, for a pretty low price, includes all of Ravel's orchestral music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Abbado's Ravel 3 Oct 2009
By Transfigured Knight - Published on
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While Abbado isn't my favorite Ravel conductor, he turned in some outstanding performances with the London Symphony Orchestra. I've never heard such a more clear-headed, clean cut version of "Daphnis et Chloe." I own around 22 versions of the complete ballet and this one is definitely in my "top 5." Abbado also does a great job with the some of the other orchestral works like "Le Tombeau de Couperin," "Menuet antique," and "Ma mère l'oye" to name a few that get great readings. Now why I'm subtracting a star is simple: these performances don't wipe my mind of Boulez, Martinon, Dutoit, or Tortlier and I felt that Abbado could have reached deeper. I own every set of Ravel's orchestral works. I also own almost every single one-shot recordings that have been released by various conductors and orchestras: Haitink, Barenboim, Maazel, Karajan, Previn, etc.

If you're familiar with Ravel's orchestral music and don't know where to start, then pick this set up. This is a great introduction. While these aren't the deepest readings I've heard, they are very honest and well performed.

For further Ravel by Abbado, he collaborated with piano virtuoso Marth Argerich and they turned in two remarkable performances of Ravel's "Piano Concerto in G major," which isn't apart of this set:

Prokofiev, Ravel: Piano Concertos, etc / Martha Argerich
Ravel: Piano Concertos
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4.0 out of 5 stars Martinon/Paris vs Abbado/London 16 Mar 2006
By paul best - Published on
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@ J Rich
Like you I am a ahuge fan-atic of all things Ravel
I have been eyeing this set for some years now, and finally arrived today
Was some years back I heard the finale of Daphnis, and when it was annouced it was Abbado/London, I made a mental note to look into that recording.
It was never a matter of being dis-satisfied with the spectacular Martinon with his magical Paris SO.
But like you, Daphis is a work that i must have all recordings worth the glory of the work.
Well into the 1st cd, (skipping Bolero) Rapsodie, I found a bit over worked in detail, as well as Ma Mere l'Oye , the passages did not *breathe* the magic that is Ravel. At least not like Martinon and the Paris.
In spite of the deniers that a hometown orch does in fact play, breathes the music superior to a outside orch, I find the case almost always the truth.
Not to say other country's orch are to be totally excluded, but its rare i find a outside orch matching the composers home group.
Now I have Daphnis on, and as you say, its detailed and carefully laid out, as is Abbado's notoriety, attention to the score. Abbado's approach of leaving out any personal influence, idiosyncracy, brings in sharp definition,,,but perhaps leaves out the human element.
Ravel as we know is the most gifted composer for heartfelt stirings of the human spirit.
No other reaches the depths as did Ravel. Schnittke in his Psalms of Repentance strikes deep chords for 1 cd, Ravel 's complete works sparkle with this divine emotive power.
So all in all, I'd recommend this set only for completeists in Ravel's Daphne, otherwise my suggestion is to own Martinon/Paris/EMI and stop there.
Further updates on this set to follow.
I had 3 stars, but just now added a 4th.
Because Ravel needs to be heard by all humankind. Ravel is pure genius and his music has healing power for the many illness' striking all of humanity.
JAN 9, 2011
The Daphnis shows images worthy of Ravel.
The chorus is outstanding and may have to consider this Daphnis along with Martinon as the 2 finest COMPLETE Daphnis.
The Ma Mere L Oye here does not stand up to the finest on disc, Skrowaczewski/Minnesota, just barely beating out the Martinon/Paris. ( correction Jan 23,2011, Skrow beats out the Martinon in the La Mere LOye by ALOT!)

Jan 23, 2011
Now after a 3rd listen,
I must add, it may perhaps be the intensity of the orch which throws me off somewhat.
I can clearly hear Abbado's deep committment to the details of the score, and soloists shine through with percision.
In my opinion the 3 recordings in Ravel which you will have to decide are the Martinon, Skrowaczewski (finest Ma Mer LOye!) and this Abbado/London.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music for a beginning listener 21 Nov 2011
By Chrismus - Published on
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This is my first recording of any Ravel orchestral works, and I'm immediately drawn to it by it's sheer accessibility. Having heard other of Abbado's recordings,(most notably his recording of Sibelius's symphonies) I know that he often doesn't do everything he can with the music at hand, but I think it lends this music a somewhat lighter tone, which is not unpleasant. Overall, I'm quite pleased with this purchase, though I (obviously) can't compare this to the other recordings that are mentioned in comments below mine. For the price, it's a great buy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 30 Dec 2012
By Rachel Anderson - Published on
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What else can be said; the London Symphony Orchestra never fails to provide excellent recordings and interpretations (especially with Abbado). Everything on this CD is wonderful, a highlight being Daphnis Et Chloe. Highly suggested.
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