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Ravel: Orchestral Works - Le Tombeau de Couperin; Ma Mere L'Oye; Valses Nobles et Sentimentales; une Barque sur l'océan / Boston SO, Ozawa

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin
>Ravel, Maurice : Menuet antique
>Ravel, Maurice : Ma mère l'oye
>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
>Ravel, Maurice : Une barque sur l'océan, for orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Every orchestra has a characteristic sound and personality that identifies them through the ages, and in the case of the Boston Symphony Orchestra it is their contoured string and wind elegance, panache and suavity that marks them out as the premier "Francophone" American orchestra. With Seiji Ozawa at the helm, a conductor much identified with French repertoire, these multi-channel recordings of Maurice Ravel, accomplished during his long tenure as music director, are afforded the sonic treatment they deserve and are now able to receive given the latest SACD technology employed by Pentatone enabling the release of the full spectrum of sound captured by a previous era's sound engineers. The 77 min. disc is highlighted by Ravel's multi-part suites Le Tombeau de Couperin, Ma mere l'oye and Valses nobles et sentimentales.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Two works are common to the recordings under review: Valses Nobles and Sentimentales and the complete Ma Mere l'Oye. Ozawa's reading of the first follows the description above. His tempos are consistent in each waltz, and they move along. He also lends a different character to each of the waltzes, which was a major point of those works. His reading is more robust and colorful than Skrowaczewski's blended Viennese approach, which is quite fitting for a work based on Schubert waltzes. Skrowaczewski does not quite catch the different character of each waltz the way Ozawa did.

Ozawa's Ma Mere l'Oye is relatively lively and sunny, with nicely varied character in the different scenes. Skrowaczewski's is magical, dark, and mysterious. Just listen to the horns in the opening and try to convince yourself you are not in another world. Again, his reading never outwears its welcome.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Boston Symphony Hall, USA (04/1974/10/1974).



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Works Details

>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 16 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Ravel, Maurice : Menuet antique
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1895

>Ravel, Maurice : Ma mère l'oye
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 23 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 15 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1911

>Ravel, Maurice : Une barque sur l'océan, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906