PIERRE BOULEZ 3 Classic Albums

PIERRE BOULEZ
3 Classic Albums

MAURICE RAVEL

Boléro · Ma Mère l'Oye
Rapsodie espagnole
Une Barque sur l'océan
Alborada del Gracioso
Daphnis et Chloé · La Valse
The Piano Concertos
Valses nobles et sentimentales
Krystian Zimerman
Berliner Philharmoniker
The Cleveland Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Int. Release 02 Jun. 2014
3 CDs
0289 479 3070 9


Track List

CD 1: Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye; Une barque sur l'océan; Alborada del gracioso; Rapsodie espagnole & Boléro

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Ma mère l'oye, M.62

Une barque sur l'océan

Alborada del gracioso, M 43

10.
0:00
7:30

Rapsodie espagnole, M.54

14.
0:00
6:40

Boléro, M. 81

Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez

Total Playing Time 1:15:09

CD 2: Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé; La Valse

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Daphnis et Chloé, M. 57

Première partie

Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez, Rundfunkchor Berlin

Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez

Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez, Rundfunkchor Berlin

Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez

Deuxième partie

Troisième partie

Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez, Rundfunkchor Berlin

12.
0:00
5:42

Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez

Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez, Rundfunkchor Berlin

La Valse, M.72

Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez

Total Playing Time 1:10:33

CD 3: Ravel: Piano Concerto In G; Valses nobles et sentimentales & Piano Concerto For The Left Hand in D

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Piano Concerto In G Major, M. 83

Krystian Zimerman, The Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Valses nobles et sentimentales, M.61

The Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Krystian Zimerman, London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Total Playing Time 55:28

. . . [these recordings] remain among the best of this and here is a very inexpensive way to acquire them. And the set includes a surprise: a postcard photo of Boulez!

. . . these are all acclaimed, even important releases that make a welcome threesome on the "Three Classic Albums" line. Pierre Boulez's Ravel has always been excellent . . . These 1990's efforts retained Cleveland for the Piano Concertos, but added the famed forces of London and Berlin. The results are magical. The Berlin Philharmonic occupies the first two discs, and they are benchmark recordings for both conductor and orchestra . . . Boulez brings his laser-like clarity and rhythmic alacrity with him, and . . . the Berliners follow him every step of the way. The results perfectly mesh the ensemble's storied virtuosity with a genuine sense of balance and unanimous attack . . . [CD 1]: an hour of first-class musicianship allied with stunning ensemble quality. "Ma mere l'Oye" is flawless, aided by some really lovely sectional work all around. The French have always brought -- at their best, anyway -- a unique directness to this supposedly fuzzy and impressionistic music. If there is a conductor alive more direct and unsentimental than Boulez, I haven't heard him. The music doesn't ever lack for color or excitement, but not once does it languish or blur. The shorter works are all distinguished . . . [the Berliners] contribute positively in every way . . . ["Daphnis et Chloé"]: Few conductors prove as convincing as Boulez. He really clarifies every aspect of Ravel's colorful orchestrations, insisting that ever individual voice be heard. Solo playing is uniformly excellent; the world-famous strings and winds living up to their reputations. Better still, the brass cuts through textures effortlessly, and the choral parts are ethereal in nature . . . Boulez has the advantage of superior sound and the increased orchestral clarity . . . [Piano Concertos]: These are extremely virtuosic performances by any standard, and the Cleveland Orchestra is an ideal vehicle for Boulez's cool and clear artistic vision. Conductor and orchestra have always had an outstanding musical relationship, especially in this repertoire, and it shows. Zimerman plays extremely well, with whimsical phrasing that suits this music nicely . . . Both concertos are outstanding . . . all three discs are important to the conductor's considerable legacy. This is an entirely worthwhile purchase.

The contrasting characters of Ravel's two concertos come to the fore, with Zimerman's superlative pianism matched by impeccable orchestral playing under Boulez.

Ein außergewöhnlicher Surroundmix der Aufnahmen von 1993/94! Er bietet mehr Farben in Ravels Orchesterwerken, als man sonst zu hören bekommt. Nicht als Mischklang von Instrumenten im Orchester, sonder im Kontrast der einzelnen Instrumente, die mit- und gegeneinander montiert sind. Dieser klangliche Ansatz passt zu Boulez' Ravel-Interpretation, der die Berliner Philharmoniker zu einer überragenden Leistung inspiriert: Jedes Detail der Partitur wird so detailliert ausgeleuchtet, dass man etwa in der Ballettfassung von "Ma Mère L'Oye" die Tänzer beinahe sehen kann.