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listen  1. Ravel: Boléro, M.81Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal15:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ravel: Alborada del graciosoOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 7:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - Orchestral version - PréludeOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - Orchestral version - Danse du Rouet et ScèneOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - Orchestral version - Pavane de la Belle au bois dormantOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - Orchestral version - Les entretiens de la Belle et de la BêteOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - Orchestral version - Petit PoucetOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ravel: Ma mère l'oye - Orchestral version - Laideronette; Apothéose. Le jardin féeriqueOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 9:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ravel: Une barque sur l'océanOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 7:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ravel: Rapsodie espagnoleOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal15:35$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Ravel: La Valse - Choreographic poem, for OrchestraOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal12:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte, M.19 - Pavane pour une infante défunteOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 6:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Orchestral version - 1. PréludeOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Orchestral version - 2. ForlaneOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Orchestral version - 3. MenuetOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Orchestral version - 4. RigaudonOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Orchestra - 1. Modéré; 2. Assez lentOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Orchestra - 3. Modéré; 4. Assez animéOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Orchestra - 5. Presque lent; 6. Assez vifOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - for Orchestra - 7. Moins vif; 8. EpilogueOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 6:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ravel: Menuet antiqueOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 6:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ravel: Fanfare from "L'Eventail de Jeanne"Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 1:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2 - 1. Lever du jour [Daphnis et Chloë, Suite No.2]Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2 - 2. Pantomime [Daphnis et Chloë, Suite No.2]Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 7:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2 - 3. Danse générale [Daphnis et Chloë, Suite No.2]Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 9, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00002MXMX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Customer Reviews

The complete ballet has been issued on the Legends series and is worth the purchase.
D. Roth
This two disk set is one of those that you should add to your collection because it is wonderful music, sounds great, and is extremely affordable.
Craig Matteson
It is a magic experience to hear a lot of Ravel's compositions played in orchestral form, by such a good orchestra and distinctive conductor.
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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful By D. Roth on July 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It was the best of all possible conditions... A dedicated regional orchestra with an ambitious experienced conductor; an incredibly fine recording site, St. Eustache, which combined a vibrant, resonant glow with razor sharp detail; and a technically accomplished record company looking for a new,fresh team to present Franco-Russian orchestral works in digital sound.
These Ravel recordings were among the first and most dazzling results of the Decca/Montreal/Dutoit team. The tempi are so aptly chosen and sustained that you don't even get the sensation of the music moving fast or slow, just unfolding( the opening of Alborada del Gracioso is a great example). The soloists and orchestral choirs articulate with elegance but also with a haunting suppleness and freedom( the english horn solo in part three of Rhapsody Espagnole). And the sound is still exceptionally beautiful, actually enhancing the orchestra's image in loud, densly scored passages. The only disappointment is the inclusion of the suite from Daphnis and Chloe rather than the stupendous complete ballet-their first recording. The complete ballet has been issued on the Legends series and is worth the purchase.
There are many fabulous performances of these great works from Boulez, Reiner, Cluytens, Munch, Martinon, etc; This is a great value and a perfect place to start.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By jhorro on July 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Dutoit's recordings of Ravel's major orchestral works made a name for the Montreal Symphony. Everything on this set maintains a high level of quality, both in interpretation and recording. There is flexibility, refinement of orchestral color, and atmosphere. The Mother Goose suite is matchless in its innocence and beauty. The Bolero is a demonstration item, although it too has subtlety. The excerpt from Daphnis et Chloe is magical - this is some of the most impressive blending of orchestral sonority on record. Not to be missed.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This two disk set is one of those that you should add to your collection because it is wonderful music, sounds great, and is extremely affordable. Everyone knows and loves "Boléro". Commissioned by Ida Rubinstein as a ballet and premiered in 1928 was not a musical success. At another performance, led by Toscanini, Ravel complained that the tempo was too fast. Toscanini replied that it was the only way to save the work. But it soon became a mass success to Ravel's surprise and consternation. He felt they loved it for all the wrong reasons. The violinist Hélène Jourdan-Morhange relates this interesting story of one incident involving the work:

"Ravel was extremely surprised at the mass success of "Boléro" `They're going to turn it into another "Madelon", he said, rather crossly; and deep down he felt that the obsessive, musico-sexual element in the piece was probably behind its enormous popularity. But one old lady was proof against the contagion. Ravel's brother Edouard saw her, at the first performance, wedged tightly in her seat shouting above the applause `Rubbish! Rubbish!' Maurice, when informed by his brother, replied mysteriously: `That Old Lady got the message!'" from Ravel et nous 1945 page 166.

The other works on this disk are more substantive than the 15-minute crescendo and its constantly changing orchestral colors. The entire "Mother Goose" ballet - who doesn't love this? Although you usually here it performed as the suite. The "Rhapsodie Espagnol" is a favorite and delivers that wonderful Spanish flavor with a French sauce.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kyle S. Meyer, Jr. on April 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I find Maurice Ravel's music among the most unique and wonderful of the twentieth century. It marks the sublime marriage of pensive impressionism with--and many music scholars might disagree with me on this matter--a vibrant late-romanticism. There are few collections that highlight this grandness with as much clarity as this album.

The vividness of Ravel's orchestral coloring and the complexity of his polyphony can make the performance of any of his works a sizeable challenge for the finest of orchestras--the slightest miscalculation in dynamic, timing, or articulation can result in entire voices being lost in a mass of sound, but the Montreal Symphony do a flawless job. Also, Maestro Dutoit's interpretations are well-measured, reserved, and insightful, yet they do not strangle moments of Ravel's greatest sincerity. In other words, the recordings are, at times, passionate, luscious, and jubilant without being effusively so and can reach levels of deep introspection and even darkness without being morose or excessively brooding.

I don't think I've ever been as pleased with a collection of an artist's work. This would serve as a fantastic introduction to Ravel, although, admittedly, one is likely to judge all subsequent performances of any of the pieces contained herein based on it (i.e., the "nowhere to go but down" mentality). Still, one can always hope...

And frankly, at this price, one would be silly not buy it. :)
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