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Ravel & Strauss / Helene Grimaud, Jurowski/Chamber Orchestra of Europe [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Metamorphosen for 23 solo Str, AV 142
>Strauss, Richard : Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Op. 60
>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In January 2009 at Paris's Cite de la Musique, the internationally renowned conductor Vladimir Jurowski led the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in a varied and imaginative program that included Strauss's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Metamorphosen, as well as Ravel's Piano Concerto in G. Their sensitive and insightful performance is reproduced here in full, and they are joined by award-winning French pianist Helene Grimaud in a lively rendition of Ravel's concerto, in which soloist and orchestra expertly tease out its whimsical lyricism and sonorous harmonies.

Fanfare
Illuminating in a very different way is Hélène Grimaud's probing performance of Ravel's G-Major Concerto, a performance that similarly heightens the music's underlying rifts, and serves, more effectively than you would have thought possible, as a transition between Vladimir Jurowski's impressive readings of Strauss's Metamorphosen and Bourgeois Gentilhomme.

Fanfare
Although there are plenty of good shots of Grimaud - both her face and her fingers - the camerawork in general tends to be too consistently close up, with a slightly claustrophobic effect. The image quality and the sound, though, are first-rate. Warmly recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 81 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1



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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Metamorphosen for 23 solo Str, AV 142
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1945

>Strauss, Richard : Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Op. 60
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920

>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1929-1931