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Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe, La Valse / Nezet-Seguin, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2
>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
>Ravel, Maurice : Ma mère l'oye
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
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Notes & Reviews:

This album of orchestral works by Ravel marks Yannick Nezet-Seguin's debut recording with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. To the French-Canadian conductor, Maurice Ravel is the greatest orchestrator that French music has ever had, which he and the orchestra want to showcase on this recording. "It's all about colors", Yannick said, and "the contrast between intimacy and grand. Valse being one of his greatest and most powerful symphonic poems, and yet the Valses Nobles et Sentimentales being much more in the intimate way... In Ma Mere L'Oye, we are being so intimate, while Daphnis and Chloe is also one of his most uplifting and triumphant (works). There's a lot of contrast."

Gramophone Magazine
The Daphnis et Chloé Second Suite is given a gem of a performance, the opening dawn sequence unravelling like a luxuriant carpet, the principal climax truly momentous. This is a sultry, insinuating Daphnis, stronger on seduction than on translucency, a performance steeped in a sense of theatre, very dynamically recorded. It's the crowning glory of a fine and compelling programme...

BBC Music Magazine
Yannick Nézet-Séguin elicits disciplined and virtuosic playing from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, with the superb. Recording enabling all sorts of details to be heard in Daphnis et Chloé. The muted string playing in La valse is delicious, with veiled tone and sighing portamentos.

Sunday Times
Nézet-Séguin's ear for Ravel's evocation of the twilit moments before dawn, and the spectacular sunrise, are fabulous...I've not heard a more gorgeously played orchestral disc all year.

The Observer
This is sensational: Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Rotterdam will surely be one of those partnerships that magically adds up to more than the sum of its orchestral parts....I defy you to not gasp with sheer pleasure at the build-up of the Daphnis suite...Brilliantly played and superbly recorded.

The Telegraph
[Nézet-Séguin] is attentive to the subtle rhythmic flexibilities of Ravel's music and builds up the sonorities in delicate layers. Above all, he understands that the key to Ravel is not haziness but clarity.

The Times
Four of Ravel's orchestral scorchers - what's not to like? Certainly not the sensuality with which Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic pour over much of Daphnis and Chloe or the instrumental felicities of Mother Goose.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 06/13/2007-06/15/2007.



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>Ravel, Maurice : Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Notes: De Doelen Hall, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (06/13/2007-06/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Notes: Ee Doelen Hall, Rotterdam (06/13/2007-06/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1911

>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Notes: Ee Doelen Hall, Rotterdam (06/13/2007-06/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Ravel, Maurice : Ma mère l'oye
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Notes: Ee Doelen Hall, Rotterdam (06/13/2007-06/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908-1910

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Period Time: Modern