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Pierre Boulez Conducts Ravel & Debussy

Audio Samples

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
>Debussy, Claude : Images for Orchestra
>Debussy, Claude : Printemps, symphonic suite for chorus, piano & orchestra, L. 61
>Debussy, Claude : Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra
>Debussy, Claude : Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra
>Debussy, Claude : Jeux
>Debussy, Claude : La mer
>Ravel, Maurice : Shéhérazade
>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin
>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
>Ravel, Maurice : Menuet antique
>Debussy, Claude : Danse sacree et danse profane
>Debussy, Claude : Le jet d'eau ("Tes beaux yeux sont las, pauvre amants"), song for voice & piano, L. 64/3
>Debussy, Claude : Ballades (3) de François Villon
>Ravel, Maurice : Ma mère l'oye
>Ravel, Maurice : Une barque sur l'ocean, for orchestra
>Ravel, Maurice : Alborada del Gracioso, for orchestra
>Ravel, Maurice : Rapsodie espagnole
>Ravel, Maurice : Boléro
>Ravel, Maurice : Daphnis et Chloé
>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major
>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano left hand

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
>Debussy, Claude : Images for Orchestra
>Debussy, Claude : Printemps, symphonic suite for chorus, piano & orchestra, L. 61
>Debussy, Claude : Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra
>Debussy, Claude : Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra
>Debussy, Claude : Jeux
>Debussy, Claude : La mer
>Ravel, Maurice : Shéhérazade
>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin
>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
>Ravel, Maurice : Menuet antique
>Debussy, Claude : Danse sacree et danse profane
>Debussy, Claude : Le jet d'eau ("Tes beaux yeux sont las, pauvre amants"), song for voice & piano, L. 64/3
>Debussy, Claude : Ballades (3) de François Villon
>Ravel, Maurice : Ma mère l'oye
>Ravel, Maurice : Une barque sur l'ocean, for orchestra
>Ravel, Maurice : Alborada del Gracioso, for orchestra
>Ravel, Maurice : Rapsodie espagnole
>Ravel, Maurice : Boléro
>Ravel, Maurice : Daphnis et Chloé
>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major
>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano left hand
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Notes & Reviews:

"In Ma mere, he is among the master magicians: subtleties of nuance and timing now abound; here is playing of a wholly different order of grace and beauty, not the kind that lingers in passages in danger of becoming too exquisite to bear, nor the kind that parades the score's exoticism. In the Spanish items, some may find the Berlin woodwinds too cultured in tone and artful in phrasing for their various improvisatory solos: it is rare to hear the first few minutes' solos in Bolero quite as strongly contoured as this. I found myself craving a hint of abandon from the brass, particularly in the le plus possible in the Feria from the Rapsodie; and here and in the Alborada, as before, tempos remain slower than average, strikingly so in the Feria which now, quite aptly, sounds as much like Chabrier as Ravel: festive as opposed to driven and explosive." -Gramophone

"Wonderfully atmospheric, indeed magical, and in the concertos, the delicacy and finesse of Krystian Zimerman's pianism is dazzling, his refinement of nuance and clarity of articulation a source of wonder" -The Penguin Guide (On Valses Sentimentales)



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 8 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Debussy, Claude : Images for Orchestra
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 33 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Printemps, symphonic suite for chorus, piano & orchestra, L. 61
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 16 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Debussy, Claude : Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 22 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1897-1899

>Debussy, Claude : Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Performer: Franklin Cohen (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Debussy, Claude : Jeux
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 16 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Debussy, Claude : La mer
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 23 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1905

>Ravel, Maurice : Shéhérazade
  • Performer: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Notes: Composition written: 1903.
  • Running Time: 17 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903

>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 17 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1899

>Ravel, Maurice : Menuet antique
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1895

>Debussy, Claude : Danse sacrée et danse profane
  • Performer: Lisa Wellbaum (Harp)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Debussy, Claude : Le jet d'eau ("Tes beaux yeux sont las, pauvre amants"), song for voice & piano, L. 64/3
  • Performer: Alison Hagley (Voice)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889

>Debussy, Claude : Ballades (3) de François Villon
  • Performer: Alison Hagley (Voice)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1910

>Ravel, Maurice : Ma mère l'oye
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 22 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Ravel, Maurice : Une barque sur l'océan, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906

>Ravel, Maurice : Alborada del Gracioso, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Ravel, Maurice : Rapsodie espagnole
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 16 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

>Ravel, Maurice : Boléro
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 14 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Ravel, Maurice : Daphnis et Chloé
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Notes: Composition written: 1909-12.
  • Running Time: 27 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1909-1912

>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 13 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 22 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1929-1931

>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 14 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1911

>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano left hand
  • Performer: Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 18 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1929-1931