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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Collection
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Assault on Arcadia
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,...
Published on 14 Mar 2011 by Marc Haegeman


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Collection, 5 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe, Bolero, Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte (Audio CD)
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Assault on Arcadia, 14 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe, Bolero, Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte (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.

As has been noted with previous LSO Live releases, what may have worked in the concert hall, doesn't necessarily come down as well on disc. And no matter how disciplined the London Symphony musicians follow their maestro, no matter how skillful some of the solo's sound, there is nothing that characterizes them as an ensemble playing Ravel. Again, it might be the recording, but on disc they sound just similar in Rachmaninov and Prokofiev.

"Pavane pour une infante défunte" is totally dried out by Gergiev's leaden pace and "Boléro" for being the best moment of this disc would still have gained from a studio recording. In view of the existing catalogue an unnecessary release. Anybody wanting to explore "Daphnis and Chloé" can still go back to the recordings by Munch, Monteux, Cluytens who all knew how to combine virility with sensuousness and a ravishing feel for atmosphere and colour.
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1.0 out of 5 stars CD sold was damage goods, 24 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe, Bolero, Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte (Audio CD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bolero fantastico, 17 Oct 2011
This review is from: Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe, Bolero, Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte (Audio CD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary playing, Sublime sound quality, 14 April 2011
This review is from: Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe, Bolero, Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte (Audio CD)
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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