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Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2: Valses nobles et sentimentales - Gaspard de la nuit - Le tombeau de Couperin - La valse

Orchestre National de Lyon, Leonard Slatkin

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"... a performance that’s full of sweep and sparkling colour ... Slatkin and the orchestra play every note with a welcome degree of expression."
- American Record Guide

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Valses nobles et sentimentales (version for orchestra)  
1
I. Modéré
Maurice Ravel; Orchestre National de Lyon; Leonard Slatkin
1:21
2
II. Assez lent
Maurice Ravel; Orchestre National de Lyon; Leonard Slatkin
2:18
3
III. Modéré
Maurice Ravel; Orchestre National de Lyon; Leonard Slatkin
1:22
4
IV. Assez animé
Maurice Ravel; Orchestre National de Lyon; Leonard Slatkin
1:19
5
V. Presque lent
Maurice Ravel; Orchestre National de Lyon; Leonard Slatkin
1:08
6
VI. Assez vif
Maurice Ravel; Orchestre National de Lyon; Leonard Slatkin
0:53
7
VII. Moins vif
Maurice Ravel; Orchestre National de Lyon; Leonard Slatkin
2:59
8
Epilogue
Maurice Ravel; Orchestre National de Lyon; Leonard Slatkin
4:05
Gaspard de la nuit (arr. by M. Constant for orchestra)  
9
I. Ondine
Marius Constant; Maurice Ravel; Orchestre National de Lyon; Leonard Slatkin
6:19
10
II. Le gibet
Marius Constant; Maurice Ravel; Orchestre National de Lyon; Leonard Slatkin
4:57
11
III. Scarbo
Marius Constant; Maurice Ravel; Orchestre National de Lyon; Leonard Slatkin
10:59
Le tombeau de Couperin, M. 68  
12
No. 1. Prélude
Maurice Ravel; Orchestre National de Lyon; Leonard Slatkin
3:13
13
No. 2. Forlane
Maurice Ravel; Orchestre National de Lyon; Leonard Slatkin
5:22
14
No. 3. Menuet
Maurice Ravel; Orchestre National de Lyon; Leonard Slatkin
4:27
15
No. 4. Rigaudon
Maurice Ravel; Orchestre National de Lyon; Leonard Slatkin
3:10
16
La valse (version for orchestra)
Maurice Ravel; Orchestre National de Lyon; Leonard Slatkin
12:47
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    66:39
"Four Stars. This is very clever programming ... a splendidly characterized La valse, the lusciousness and glitter of the opening dance captured as much as the grisly build-up to its final horrifying climax."
- BBC Music Magazine

"... (Slatkin) shows real empathy with this magical repertoire and he draws playing of uncommon composure and contagious application from his scrupulously prepared Lyons band ... sound is commendably truthful and wide-ranging."
- Gramophone

This is the second volume of works by Maurice Ravel from Leonard Slatkin and the Lyon National Orchestra, featuring the composer's Valses nobles et sentimentales, a vivid mixture of atmospheric impressionism, intense expression and modernist wit. Ravel’s fascination with the waltz is further explored in La valse, a mysterious evocation of a vanished imperial epoch.
352.8 kHz / 24-bit*, 192 kHz / 24-bit*, 96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz*, 5.6448 MHz* DSD  – 2xHD - Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded in 96 kHz / 24-bit
*Mastered in PCM 352.8 kHz / 24-bit, 192 kHz / 24-bit, 96 kHz / 24-bit and DSD 5.6448 MHz, 2.8224 MHz

This album was mastered using our 2xHD proprietary system. In order to achieve the most accurate reproduction of the original recording we tailor our process specifically for each project, using a selection from our pool of state-of-the-art audiophile components and connectors. The process begins with a transfer to analog from the original 24bits/96kHz resolution master, using cutting edge D/A converters. The analog signal is then sent through a hi-end tube pre-amplifier before being recorded directly in DXD using the dCS905 A/D and the dCS Vivaldi Clock. All connections used in the process are made of OCC silver cable.
DSD and PCM versions are separately generated, directly from the analog signal.

2xHD Mastering: René Laflamme
2xHD Executive Producer: André Perry

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