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Offline (poco) Sforzando

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Re: recommended recordings / performances of Ravel
« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2016, 04:08:49 AM »
L'enfant et les sortileges - Maazel on Deutsche Grammophon

That is one of the most perfect recordings of anything I know.

Bernstein made a specialty of the G major concerto, performing the solo part while conducting; I think it worth seeking out.

There's a beautiful Juilliard SQ version of the quartet from 1959, coupled of course with the Debussy.

And Ravel's own recording of the unjustly maligned Bolero has to be heard; it reveals a flexibility of phrasing against the snare-drum grid that will make you hear this music in a new way. But there are also any number of flash mob versions of Bolero worth catching on YouTube, such as: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsF53JpBMlk

Don't know how I feel about hearing Ravel on four saxophones, however . . . .
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Re: recommended recordings / performances of Ravel
« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2016, 04:44:40 AM »
That is one of the most perfect recordings of anything I know.

It certainly is and I've heard plenty of performances of L'enfant et les sortileges to be able to reach such a conclusion. Maazel just holds everything together so tightly, but he's able to drive the music a bit more, which those little rushes of pure ecstasy really get under the skin.
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« Reply #22 on: February 19, 2016, 12:55:19 PM »
I have the fine CFP LP too. I always liked Ernest Ansermet's recordings of Debussy and Ravel.




I've always liked Ansermet's recordings of the orchestral works by Debussy and Ravel, despite the dated sound. For better sound, there is always Dutoit and the MSO.

I like the recordings of their string quartets by the Quartetto Italiano and the old Fine Arts Quartet, which is probably very difficult to find.

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Re: recommended recordings / performances of Ravel
« Reply #23 on: February 19, 2016, 01:09:18 PM »