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Pierre Boulez conducts Ravel / Philippe Entremont, piano; Jill Gomez, soprano; Jessye Norman, soprano; José van Dam, baritone; Heather Harper, soprano [5 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

A milestone of music making, this 5 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 over 5 hours of music allows one to immerse completely within the rich motherlode of genius that was Maurice Ravel.


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