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Ravel: Boléro / Debussy: La Mer / Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (DG The Originals)


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  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B000001GQH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,278 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Debussy: La Mer, L.109 - 1. From Dawn Till Noon On The Sea (De l'aube à midi sur la mer)Berliner Philharmoniker 8:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Debussy: La Mer, L.109 - 2. Play Of The Waves (Jeux de vagues)Berliner Philharmoniker 6:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Debussy: La Mer, L.109 - 3. Dialogue Of The Wind And The Sea (Dialogue du vent et de la mer)Berliner Philharmoniker 7:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel - PromenadeBerliner Philharmoniker 1:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel - GnomusBerliner Philharmoniker 2:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel - PromenadeBerliner Philharmoniker 1:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel - The Old CastleBerliner Philharmoniker 4:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel - PromenadeBerliner Philharmoniker0:41£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel - The Tuileries GardensBerliner Philharmoniker 1:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel - BydloBerliner Philharmoniker 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel - PromenadeBerliner Philharmoniker 1:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel - Ballet Of The Chickens In Their ShellsBerliner Philharmoniker 1:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel - Samuel Goldenberg And SchmuyleBerliner Philharmoniker 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel - The Market-place At LimogesBerliner Philharmoniker 1:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel - The Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum)Berliner Philharmoniker 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel - Cum mortuis in lingua mortuaBerliner Philharmoniker 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel - The Hut On Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)Berliner Philharmoniker 3:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel - The Great Gate Of KievBerliner Philharmoniker 6:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Ravel: BoléroBerliner Philharmoniker16:08£2.29  Buy MP3 

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Central repertoire, central performances, central recommendations. Karajan recorded these works on numerous occasions, but these represent his fastidious approach at its very best. The 1964 Debussy and Mussorgsky are classics and worth a place in any collection. Others have made La Mer a more graphic depiction of elemental forces, but no one else gets this degree of beauty and sensuality from the piece. Karajan is not yet at the stage where beauty precludes spontaneity; there's a strong emotional current at work here, notably in the blazing chorale which closes the outer movements. Pictures At An Exhibition has a similar degree of character and attention to detail: don't expect earthy peasant imagery, absent from Ravel's orchestration in any case, but thrill to the sound of a great orchestra on blazing form in "The Great Gate of Kiev". Bolero is everything you would expect from Karajan--its vast unfolding crescendo rigorously controlled, its climactic key change calculated to a degree. Nothing left to chance, but an orchestral tour-de-force all the same. --Richard Whitehouse

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R O Tiree on 15 Sep 2013
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If I'm honest, I'm not a great fan of Debussy, but La Mer is beatifully done. Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition is just stunning and Ravel's Bolero is majestic.

Too many music recordings these days take the tempo far too fast (submitting to commercial pressure to get as much down as possible on a CD), so the whole thing gets blurred. If orchestral pieces are played too fast, then individual sections of the orchestra cannot keep it together and the rest of the orchestra rapidly loses the plot as well. As a result, a listener's brain rapidly tires of trying to resolve the timing issues. Not so with this recording, clearly, as it was done in the heady days of "vinyl". I'm not going to get into a discussion of whether vinyl is better than CD, but it's simply a matter of the amount of music you could get onto two sides of an LP compared with the extra 15 minutes or so you can get onto a CD - there's a strong temptation to add another piece that won't quite fit unless you rush everything, but at least you can appeal to a wider audience when putting together a medley and you also save on production costs (fewer CDs in a boxed set, for example). Each note on this recording is audible and the perfomance is tight, without being wooden, a result of (a) von Karajan's firm direction and (b) not taking things too fast, so the orchestra members could LISTEN to each other and stay together as the tempo was accelerated and decelerated for dramatic effect.

As an example of what I'm talking about with tempo... Maurice Ravel originally wrote 76 bpm on his score for Bolero. Later, he crossed that out and wrote 66 bpm instead. His first recording in 1930 lasted 15 min 50 sec. At 76 bpm, the piece lasts a little under 14 min and the majority of modern recordings are in this ball-park.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Oct 2014
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Apart from a couple of reviews from way back around the turn of the century, whose authors hear flaws in this recording that I do not, nearly everyone concurs that ever since their recording fifty years ago, these performances have remained unequalled and unassailable. Of course there are are other excellent recordings of all three pieces (Giulini's "Pictures" with the Chicago SO and his "La mer" with the Philharmonia, for example) but as a collection this is a testament to both the sonority of the Berlin Philharmonic at its peak under Karajan and to that conductor's chameleon ability to empathise with and elucidate music from outside the late German Romantic tradition in which he excelled. His brief dalliance with the Orchestre de Paris confirms his attachment to French music and his ability to pace and colour both the Debussy and the Ravel emerges as a thing of wonder.

There is of course a neat link in the programming here between the Mussorgsky and "Boléro" as the composer of the latter orchestrated the "Pictures" brilliantly; originally these recordings, made between 1964 and 1966 in the warm ambiance of the Jesus-Christus-Kirche, were issued on two separate LPs, one of French music by Debussy and Ravel and the other with just the Mussorgsky and "Boléro". Any attempt at musical criticism of such seminal recordings would be superfluous after such a long time; it is sufficient to note that the delicacy and nuance of Karajan's evocation of the sea remain extraordinary, and the peroration of the "Pictures" in "The Great Gate of Kiev" remains one of the greatest expositions of the symphony orchestra in full flight ever committed to disc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fahrenden Gesellen on 30 July 2014
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Listen to it loud and somewhat inebriated and you'll be skating around your home in your stocking soles, knocking nicknacks asunder by the time Boléro reaches its pinnacle. Wonderful.
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Probably their three best known works. It's taken quite a while to become used to Debussy's music which has been likened to Impressionist art in music. I am gradually beginning to appreciate him more with the help of this CD. The Ravel Bolero is so well known that it requires no comment other than to say that is wonderfully hypnotic. The Mussorgsky work is a series of little vignettes that may be enjoyed en masse or individually.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Kearley on 25 April 2010
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brilliant recording and a good pairing of composers bought this to replace a record and its blow me away by far the best recording of this i have heard
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