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Ravel: Boléro; La Valse; Ma mère l'Oye; Pavane pour une infante défunte; Rapsodie espagnole

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine (BolTro, La Valse, Ma mFre l'Oye)
All portamentos (where marked) rise and fall beautifully - and together - under the fingers; you will also hear a great range of vibrato [... ] and if you are unable to succumb totally to the maximum vibrato and extraordinary textures as Monteux leads us through the "Fairy Garden" at the end of Ma mFre l'Oye, then you are a lost cause. [... ] words are inadequate to describe this calibre of music-making.

Gramophone Magazine (Pavane, Rapsodie espagnole)
I never expect to hear the Ravel works more exquisitely performed or recorded [... ] In the Pavane there is extreme delicacy and restraint, together with a beautiful sense of remote pathos [... ] As for the Rapsodie espagnole, one has to marvel at the artistry of both Monteux and the LSO. Tempo and rhythm are dead right; every nuance of this super-subtle score is brought out by the most sensitively pointed phrasing and a fantastic command of rubato; and all sections of the orchestra cover themselves in glory.

Gramophone Magazine (BolTro, La Valse, Ma mFre l'Oye)
Monteux plays these luscious scores with a full awareness of their aloof and almost lunar romanticism [... ] Monteux plays the exquisite score of Ma mFre l'Oye with complete understanding.


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