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Ravel: Boléro - Rapsodie espagnole - Ma mère l'Oye

Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez

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1
Boléro, M. 81
Maurice Ravel; Berliner Philharmoniker; Pierre Boulez
15:02
Alborada del gracioso, M 43  
2
Assez vif
Maurice Ravel; Berliner Philharmoniker; Pierre Boulez
7:31
Ma mère l'oye, ballet, M. 62  
3
Prélude. Très lent
Maurice Ravel; Berliner Philharmoniker; Pierre Boulez
3:30
4
1. Danse du rouet et Scène - Allegro
Maurice Ravel; Berliner Philharmoniker; Pierre Boulez
3:40
5
2. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant. Lent - Allegro - Mouvement de Valse modéré
Maurice Ravel; Berliner Philharmoniker; Pierre Boulez
2:22
6
3. Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête. Mouvement de Valse modéré
Maurice Ravel; Berliner Philharmoniker; Pierre Boulez
5:00
7
4. Petit Poucet. Très modéré
Maurice Ravel; Berliner Philharmoniker; Pierre Boulez
3:20
8
Interlude
Maurice Ravel; Berliner Philharmoniker; Pierre Boulez
1:35
9
5. Laideronnette, Impératrice des pagodes. Mouvement de marche - Allegro - Très modéré
Maurice Ravel; Berliner Philharmoniker; Pierre Boulez
5:10
10
Apothéose. Le Jardin féerique. Lent et grave
Maurice Ravel; Berliner Philharmoniker; Pierre Boulez
3:36
Rapsodie espagnole, M.54  
11
1. Prélude à la nuit
Maurice Ravel; Berliner Philharmoniker; Pierre Boulez
4:24
12
2. Malagueña
Maurice Ravel; Berliner Philharmoniker; Pierre Boulez
2:09
13
3. Habanera
Maurice Ravel; Berliner Philharmoniker; Pierre Boulez
3:27
14
4. Feria
Maurice Ravel; Berliner Philharmoniker; Pierre Boulez
6:48
Une barque sur l'océan  
15
Très souple de rythme
Maurice Ravel; Berliner Philharmoniker; Pierre Boulez
8:04
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    75:38
"Five Stars ... (Boulez's) new relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic has resulted in music making that is more flexible and an orchestral sound which is sensuous, refined and indulgent to the ear. I like his way with the delicately (but expertly) scored world of Ma mère l’Oye and also his attention to detail in the Rapsodie espagnole ... Boléro hits the mark again: give me this brand of minimalism any day."
- BBC Music Magazine

"... acclaimed, even important (release) ... Boulez's Ravel has always been excellent ... magical ... benchmark recordings for both conductor and orchestra ... Boulez brings his laser-like clarity and rhythmic alacrity with him ... the Berliners follow him every step of the way ... perfectly mesh the ensemble's storied virtuosity with a genuine sense of balance and unanimous attack ... an hour of first-class musicianship allied with stunning ensemble quality. Ma mère l'Oye is flawless, aided by some really lovely sectional work all around ... the music doesn't ever lack for colour or excitement, but not once does it languish or blur ... few conductors prove as convincing as Boulez. He really clarifies every aspect of Ravel's colourful orchestrations, insisting that ever individual voice be heard. Solo playing is uniformly excellent; the world-famous strings and winds living up to their reputations. Better still, the brass cuts through textures effortlessly and the choral parts are ethereal in nature ... an entirely worthwhile purchase."
- Classical.Net

Pierre Boulez leads the Berliner Philharmoniker on this all-Ravel programme, recorded in March 1993, showcasing Boléro and Ma mère l'Oye with other equally impressive companion works.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Deutsche Grammophon Studio Masters

This album is a high-resolution digital transfer of material originating from an analogue recording. It may contain noise, distortion or other artifacts, and may also contain audio which is limited in bandwidth and dynamic range, due to the technology available at the time of its original creation. As such, it is offered as a high-resolution documentation of a historical release.

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