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Bolero!: Orchestral Fireworks

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It's gutsy for a young conductor and a second-tier orchestra to take on a program of showpieces, but Oue and the Minnesotans acquit themselves well, exhibiting flair and color in pieces that need them to make an effect. The big works are Liszt's Les Préludes and Ravel's Bolero. The Liszt gets a terrific reading--just listen to the warmth of the strings as they sing the melody about 3'40" in the delicacy of the wind phrases and the power of the grand climax. There's charm aplenty too, as in the lightly tripping Brahms Hungarian Dance. The lesser known works will please; Dinicu's "Hora" swirls vigorously and Klemperer's smiling "Merry Waltz" will happily surprise those who think him incorrigibly stolid. As usual for this label the sound is superior, with wide dynamics, sweet treble, burly bass, and oodles of detail and other audiophile virtues. An unalloyed delight! --Dan Davis
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  • Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra
  • Conductor: Eiji Oue
  • Composer: Hector Berlioz, Johannes Brahms, Emmanuel Chabrier, Grigoras Dinicu, Antonín Dvorák, et al.
  • Audio CD (March 14, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reference Recordings
  • ASIN: B00004NKGW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is another topnotch Reference Recordings / MN Orchestra disc. All 15 minutes of Bolero is a perfect, gradual crescendo. And the brass in Liszt's Les Preludes will knock your socks off. I wish I could give this 10 stars!!!
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I bought this CD as someone who knew Eiji Oue when he was in Boston, and I am thrilled with what he has done with the Minnesota Orchestra. The sound quality on this recording is great, and Eiji and his orchestra give an energetic and emotional performance. Having been a student at Interlochen Arts Camp for several years (and those of you who have been there know what I am talking about), I still cannot listen to "Les Preludes" without bursting into tears. The CD is a wonderful addition to anyone's collection, whether you are a fan of classical music or not.
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Awesome CD!
Nice selection of music, and you cant go wrong on the audio quality when its recorded by Prof. Keith Johnson/Reference Recordings!
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This Reference Recordings album of some of the most popular orchestral pieces including Ravel's Bolero performed by the Minnesota Orchestra under Eiji Oue does not specify a recording date, but the sound is astonishing as is usually the case in RR recordings.

The album presents excellent performances, but the goal of such an album is to present a sonically superior album to a population that may include classical music lovers but is intended for a population that extends well beyond that narrowly-defined group of us classical geeks. That is why criticisms of Oue's interpretations are a bit out of place for two reasons. First, his interpretation are actually quite good. They may not be top drawer in every case, but they are generally excellent. Second, this is supposed to be a fun, pleasurable album. Most of the individuals who will buy this album will be people who like music of many types, want superb sound, and require interpretations that are at least better than the norm. This album certainly fills that bill nicely. As a classical musician, I thoroughly enjoyed the album and gladly give it a VERY HIGH RECOMMENDATION!!
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Unbelievable display of great sound along with one of the most explosive building to a fantastic conclusion in the Bolero. Paray is one of the only versions on the same level but the updated sound on this disc makes it number one. Can't go wrong with this one.
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