Bolero Maurice Ravel

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - Maurice Ravel: Orchestral Music (1993) 2CD

Maurice Ravel: Orchestral Music (1993) 2CD
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Bernard Haitink, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 617 Mb | Scans ~ 57 Mb | Time: 02:21:11
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips Classics | # 438 745-2

Bernard Haitink's classically clear and direct approach combines élan, elasticity and, where appropriate, tremendous rhythmic punch – his readings of Boléro and La valse are volatile, yet thrillingly disciplined to the last. He brings a natural compulsion to the languorous eroticism of Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2, while his idiomatic handling of the earliest (and slightest) of these works, the Menuet antique and familiar Pavane pour une infante défunte, is equally beguiling. Haitink's painstaking attention to fine orchestral detail adds refined distinction to his Valses nobles et sentimentales and crystalline delicacy to both Le tombeau de Couperin and the more elusive Ma mère l'oye. There are few more vibrantly evocative, or palpably exciting versions of the Rapsodie espagnole and Alborada del gracioso. Don't be in the least surprised, however, if the phenomenal sound quality prompts an incredulous second glance at the recording dates quoted in the booklet!
Pierre Boulez conducts Maurice Ravel & Albert Roussel (2009) 4CD Box Set

Pierre Boulez conducts Maurice Ravel & Albert Roussel (2009) 4CD Box Set
BBC Symphony Orchestra; The Cleveland Orchestra; Ensemble Intercontemporain
New York Philharmonic; Philippe Entremont (piano); Harold Gomberg (oboe)
Jessye Norman (soprano); Jill Gomez (soprano); José van Dam (baritone)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.14 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 665 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697562292 | Time: 04:48:51

A milestone of music making, this 4 CD boxed set collects Maurice Ravel’s lush orchestral oeuvre in a collection of defining performances conducted by Pierre Boulez. A vivid testament to the ineffable incalculable role a conductor fills in any interpretation, ‘Pierre Boulez Conducts Ravel’ includes many of Ravel’s best known compositions along with the valuable addition of less recorded and long out of print gems such as Jessye Norman’s luminous Chansons Madécasses with members of Ensemble InterContemporaín and the Piano Concerto in D major for the Left Hand, played thrillingly here by Phillipe Entremont with an inspired lights out Cleveland Orchestra. Boulez’s prowess with the music of Ravel takes many forms, robust, muscular, capable of great tenderness, inquisitive, insouciant, and this collection of almost 5 hours of music allows one to immerse completely within the rich motherlode of genius that was Maurice Ravel. Includes informative 28-page booklet.
Claudio Abbado, London Symphony Orchestra - Maurice Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works (2002) (3CD Box Set)

Claudio Abbado, London Symphony Orchestra - Maurice Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works (2002)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 726 Mb | 03:20:33 | Scans included
Classicsal, Orchestral | Country: USA | Label: Deutsche Grammophon - 289 469 354-2

Famous conductor and musician, Claudio Abbado was internationally known for serving up a repertoire of music from the poetry of Holderlin, the legend of Faust or works that depict German drama. He conducted several orchestras worldwide and received numerous awards for his masterful genius. His works include Mendelsshon's Midsummer Night's Dream and Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto.
Maurice Ravel - ON de France / Maazel - Bolero, La Valse & Rapsodie Espagnole (1984, CBS Masterworks # MK 37289)

Maurice Ravel - Bolero, La Valse & Rapsodie Espagnole
Orchestre National de France - Lorin Maazel
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 224 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: CBS Masterworks # MK 37289 | Country/Year: Europe 1984
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic, Early 20th Century

"Was Lorin Maazel und sein Orchester hier bieten, stellt an Klarheit und Präzision alles mir Bekannte in Sachen Ravel in den Schatten." ~FonoForum 6/1984
Maurice Ravel - Cincinnati SO, Lopez-Cobos - Bolero, La Valse & Other Works (1988, Telarc # CD-80171)

Maurice Ravel - Bolero, La Valse & Other Works
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra / Jesus Lopez-Cobos
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 208 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Telarc # CD-80171 | Country/Year: US 1988
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic, Early 20th Century

"…The recording does, in fact, have a very wide dynamic range – not much use for playing in the car, where the soft passages would be drowned by road noise, unless you have a top-of-the-range limo, and the louder sections would seriously impair your driving, like the head-banging bass sounds one hears, usually emanating from black cars with heavily tinted windows. With ironic inevitability, the moment I typed those words I was disturbed by just such a noise from a car in a traffic queue outside! Even in domestic situations it is hard to cope with such a wide range; most of us have neighbours to consider and, even with good loudspeakers, quieter passages lack presence if played at a lower volume…"
Maurice Ravel - London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra / André Previn - Daphnis et Chloe / Bolero (1980's, CD reissue 1998)

Maurice Ravel - Daphnis et Chloe / Bolero
London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra / André Previn
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 318 MB | Full Artwork: 52 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: EMI # 7243 5 73034 2 2 | Country/Year: Europe 1998, 1980's
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic

One of the most versatile musicians on the planet, André Previn has amassed considerable credentials as a jazz pianist, despite carving out separate lives first as a Hollywood arranger and composer, and then as a world-class classical conductor, pianist, and composer. Always fluid, melodic, and swinging, with elements of Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, and Horace Silver mixed with a faultless technique, Previn didn't change much over the decades but could always be counted upon for polished, reliable performances at the drop of a hat…
Maurice Ravel: Bolero, La valse, Alborada del grazioso, Daphis et Chloe - New York Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein

Maurice Ravel: Bolero; Alborada del gracioso; La valse; Daphis et Chloe; Raspodie Espagnole –
Schola Cantorum; Orchestre National de France; New York Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein

Classical | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 315 MB | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Full scans | RS links
Publisher: Sony Classical | Recorded: 1975 | Published: 1998

Editorial Reviews- Amazon.com
What a potent combo: Maurice Ravel and Leonard Bernstein. Boléro slowly comes to a steady boil without any ingredients overflowing. By contrast, in Alborada del Gracioso and La Valse, Bernstein thoroughly revels in his French orchestra's watery brass and silvery string tuttis. Back in Manhattan, the Daphnis and Chloé suite and Rapsodie Espagnol are lusty without ever sounding vulgar. Some might find the miking a hair spotlit for their tastes, but Ravel's breathtaking orchestration can withstand such scrutiny. So can Bernstein and company. An ingratiating release. –Jed Distler
Maurice Ravel: Ravel: Bolero • Rhapsodie • Daphnis et Chloé • Pavane - Bernard Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Maurice Ravel: Ravel: Bolero • Rhapsodie Espagnole • Daphnis et Chloé: Suite 2 • Pavane pour une infante défunte
Bernard Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

XLD | FLAC (tracks) | No Log/cue-sheet | Coverart Embedded & High-def JPEG | ~253 Mb
Kathryn Stott - Solitaires: Piano Works by Maurice Ravel, Olivier Messiaen, Jehan Alain, Henri Dutilleux (2015) [Re-Up]

Kathryn Stott - Solitaires: Piano Works by Ravel, Messiaen, Alain, Dutilleux (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 230 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2148 | Time: 01:08:37

A solitaire in French is a single mounted jewel, a concept that seems less than apt for the rather hefty works recorded here by British pianist Kathryn Stott. But this fine recital holds together in another way: Ravel, who so often provides the temporal endpoint for traditional piano recitals, is here, to a greater or lesser extent, the launching point for the other three composers featured. Stott's reading of the neoclassical Le Tombeau de Couperin is beautifully precise and balanced, catching the economy of this Baroque-style suite to the hilt. That economy carries over into the later works, even the rarely performed Piano Sonata of Henri Dutilleux, a work that deftly fuses Ravel's sense of classical forms with a largely dissonant language. The opening Prelude and Fugue of Jehan Alain, actually two separate works that are reasonably enough combined here, is another seldom-played piece that makes an arresting curtain-raiser, and the final "Le baiser de l'Enfant Jésus" of Messiaen, part of the giant Vingt regards sur l'Enfant Jésus, is the splendid climax of the whole, its spiritual, dreamlike ascent at the end superbly controlled. Better still is the sound, recorded at Hallé St. Peters in Manchester: it creates a hypnotic effect all its own.
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy & Jules Massenet (2010) [Repost]

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy & Jules Massenet (2010)
with BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 240 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5084 | Time: 01:17:00

This stunning and generous collection belongs right at the top of the heap in its respective repertoire. The Debussy is still a comparative rarity in concert if not on disc, a remarkable fact given that it's wholly gorgeous from first note to last. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's excellence as a Debussy pianist already has been acknowledged by just about everyone who has heard him, and needs no further advertisement here. The performance is outstanding, sensitive to every nuance, but also very French in its clear-eyed sensibility and understanding that focused rhythm and supple tempos prevent the music from turning excessively sentimental or blandly pretty. And in Tortelier, Bavouzet has a conductor who seconds him every step of the way. A similar sensibility informs these swift, razor-sharp, and utterly thrilling accounts of the two Ravel concertos. That for the left hand seldom has sounded so exciting, or in its jazzy central march section, so sinister. Listen to the bite that both soloist and orchestra bring to that descending scale theme, and notice the way Bavouzet shapes his cadenza so as to preserve the illusion of multiple parts played by multiple hands–all without slowing down at the tough passages. It's really an amazing performance by any standard. Even the dark opening, often merely murky on other recordings, has shape and urgency, the buildup to the initial entry of the piano creating incredible tension.