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Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé; Boléro; Pavane

Notes & Reviews:

Music for the theatre has always formed a central part of Valery Gergiev’s concert repertoire. Following up on his acclaimed recording of

”A performance which carried the listener breathlessly into a dance of entirely spiritual dimensions. Both demanding and obtaining a control over his orchestra which only pianists should reasonably expect from their instruments, Gergiev has always aimed high with the LSO. With this concert, they hit the bullseye.”- The Guardian

Those like me who enjoyed this conductor's Romeo & Juliet will not be disappointed with this new recording... the orchestral detail is impressive throughout... highly recommended

International Record Review
High voltage, but not high speed. Gergiev doesn't charge his way through the score. Indeed his measured 'Introduction et Danse religieuse' demonstrates his willingness to linger, but there's drama too. He is aided by superb playing... BolTro has precision and power

Classic FM Magazine
The most striking thing about these fine performances is their seductive combination of tonal warmth and sparkling virtuoso finesse... Gergiev conjures up an intoxicatingly languorous soundworld for Daphnis, fully indulging its glittering palette of orchestral colours

Financial Times
Gergiev generates a frisson in everything he conducts, but it is only in French and Russian repertoire that his stylistic antennae seem secure... This Daphnis with the London Symphony Orchestra has everything one could want - atmosphere, languor, superb wind playing. Gergiev generates more high-voltage drama than rival versions

James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, September 2014
The strings in Daphnis are shiveringly sumptuous, and Gergiev brings out all of the tiny details in the score, showing what a master of orchestration Ravel was. Also included are a tender Pavane and an hypnotic, raucous Boléro.


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