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Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe, Bolero, Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte Hybrid SACD


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Valery Gergiev is internationally recognized as one of the most outstanding musical figures of his generation. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he oversees the Kirov Orchestra, Ballet and Opera, has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Together with the ... Read more in Amazon's Gergiev Store

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  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Composer: Maurice Ravel
  • Audio CD (8 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: LSO Live (Eng)
  • ASIN: B00430EQJO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Daphnis Et Chloe - London Symphony Chorus/London Symphony Orchestra
2. Bolero - London Symphony Orchestra
3. Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte - London Symphony Orchestra

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Music for the theatre has always formed a central part of Valery Gergiev s concert repertoire. His recent recordings have included an acclaimed performance of Prokofiev s Romeo & Juliet and on November 8 LSO Live releases a new recording of Ravel s score for the ballet Daphnis et Chloé. Ravel was commissioned by Serge Diaghilev in 1909 to write the music for Daphnis et Chloé. Although he subsequently prepared orchestral suites of the score, the complete work is a magnificent orchestral showpiece in its own right. Ravel described it as a symphonie choréographique and it is essentially an extended tone poem. Luscious orchestral colours run throughout the work, portraying the passion of the two protagonists for each other. By contrast, Pavane pour une infante défunte, composed by Ravel whilst he was still a student of Gabriel Fauré, harks back to the simplicity of the 18th-century music of Rameau. Boléro, one of his final works, highlights the Spanish influences and passion that pervade so many of his works. Gergiev s forthcoming LSO Live releases will include a disc featuring Debussy s La Mer, Jeux and Prélude à l apres midi d un faune.

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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Marc Haegeman on 14 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Culled from two 2009 concerts at London's Barbican Hall Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus bring us a very disappointing Maurice Ravel programme. For a conductor who has been a master in sublimating the colours and perfumes in the scores of Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky, his Ravel remains a surprisingly monochrome affair. The LSO Live recording, while boasting a superb dynamic range, is lacking in detail and might be partly to blame. Yet in the end it is Gergiev who only hints at the subtleties of Ravel's orchestration and seems to think the occasional heavily saturated flashes are enough to save the day.

The main work on this disc, the ballet "Daphnis and Chloé", is unhinged by Gergiev's increasingly annoying preference for abrupt dynamics. Not so much that he overloads the orchestral climaxes, it's how he keeps hammering them home without preparation. He doesn't depict sunlit, sensous Arcadia but something like grey and brutal Chechnya. Arguably, the ferocious outbursts and breakneck, all-or-nothing excitement as amply demonstrated in the 'Danse guerrière' or in the concluding 'Bacchanale' make him very much the conductor of the day. But when this is going hand in hand with recurrent lack of focus and lapses of tension which make it hard to follow any narrative, let alone sit through it repeatedly, even unconditional fans will start to worry. Ravel's atmospheric passages plod along and the famous sunrise is a rather blunt affair in Gergiev's hands. The chorus is equally handled in an unsubtle way. That "Daphnis and Chloé" was ever conceived as a ballet is now dissolved within the mists of time.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paperbutterfly on 5 Dec. 2012
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This is a lovely collection of some key pieces from Ravel. I bought it for the Pavane, but the other tracks are equally beautifully mastered. the sound quality is superb.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richmond designer on 17 Oct. 2011
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Get the video of the Bolero track and play it on your iPad full volume under the best phones you can buy....It's like being there! ...stunning!
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Prosser on 24 Sept. 2013
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unplayable, continual jumping tracks, no response to compliant, would never use AMOZON AGAIN.as no response to complaint thy are.just not interested
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By tmoklc on 14 April 2011
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Bolero has to be one of my alltime favourite works. Gergiev holds the players in the palm of his hand right from beginning to end and never lets the energy disappear. What a wonderful recording!
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