Marc Haegeman

"Marc Haegeman"
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Location: Gent, Belgium
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Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe, Bolero,  Pavane Pour Une I&hellip ~ London Symphony Orchestra
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Assault on Arcadia, 14 Mar 2011
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… Read more
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18&hellip ~ Yuja Wang
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
With her first two solo discs Yuja Wang gave us a beautifully varied selection of pieces which not only demonstrated her astoundingly effortless technique but also much rarer qualities like an imaginative approach, stylistic sensitivity, and communicative joy - all the more amazing for an artist of her age. Her debut concert album, however, is a far less original choice to start with (although apparently it was Claudio Abbado who suggested her to tackle these two multi-recorded Rachmaninov works) and unfortunately never really attains the same state of grace of the preceding discs. Of course, it continues to confirm her as a beautifully gifted and thoughtful artist, but at the end of the… Read more
The Flames of Paris (Osipova/Savin/Vasiliev/Bolsho&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Asafiev
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
It's bizarre that the Bolshoi Ballet of today is still so slightly represented on video. In the last five or six years the Moscow company has developed again into one of the most compelling and popular troupes around the world, with a stunning roster of dancers and a vibrantly interesting repertoire. Yet, we can still count the Bolshoi Ballet video releases on one hand and as seems to have become a habit it is left to French companies to make it all happen. This new, very welcome release of the old Soviet ballet "Flames of Paris", revived in 2008 by former Bolshoi Ballet director Alexei Ratmansky, is again produced by BelAir Classiques - the same inspired team that also gave us recordings… Read more