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Ravel: Boléro / Alborada del Gracioso / La Valse / Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2 (Bernstein Century)

Maurice Ravel , Leonard Bernstein , Orchestre National de France , Schola Cantorum Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Boléro: Tempo di Boléro moderato assaiL'Orchestre National de France;Leonard Bernstein15:38Album Only
listen  2. Alborada del gracioso: Assez vif - Plus lent - Au mouvementLeonard Bernstein;L'Orchestre National de France 7:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. La Valse: Mouvement de Valse viennoise - Un peu plus modéré - Premier mouvement - Assez animéL'Orchestre National de France;Leonard Bernstein13:11Album Only
listen  4. Daphnis et Chloé (Suite No. 2): Lever du jourNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. PantomimeNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 5:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Daphnis et Chloé (Suite No. 2): Danse généraleNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rapsodie espagnole: I. Prélude à la nuitNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rapsodie espagnole: II. MalagueñaNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Rapsodie espagnole: III. HabaneraNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. IV. FeriaNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Schola Cantorum
  • Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Composer: Maurice Ravel
  • Audio CD (July 14, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000009CYF
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,276 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What a potent combo: Maurice Ravel and Leonard Bernstein. Boléro slowly comes to a steady boil without any ingredients overflowing. By contrast, in Alborada del Gracioso and La Valse, Bernstein thoroughly revels in his French orchestra's watery brass and silvery string tuttis. Back in Manhattan, the Daphnis and Chloé suite and Rapsodie Espagnol are lusty without ever sounding vulgar. Some might find the miking a hair spotlit for their tastes, but Ravel's breathtaking orchestration can withstand such scrutiny. So can Bernstein and company. An ingratiating release. --Jed Distler

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best rendition of Bolero or La Valse June 8, 2004
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I bought this thinking that this recording was a re-issue of Bernstein's famous studio performance of Bolero/La Valse (recorded, I think in 1958 or 59). THAT studio recording (Columbia) surpasses any other orchestration of those two masterworks by anyone, ever.
Needless to say the orchestra for this particular Bernstein rendition was awful in performing both Bolero and La Valse. Some sections of the orchestra are over miked while some other sections are under miked, making Bolero's famous final crescendo
shrill and choppy.
Bernstein said it himself: Bolero is the most abused classical work--perhaps because of the intricate instrumentaion of the work. I'm not a muscian, so I don't know. Anyway, Both Bolero and La Valse--two masterpieces of music not equalled by any other composer-- deserve better treatment than given here by the techinically limited, over/under miked performances given by the French symphony orchestra in this recording.
Get the Columbia/Bernstein version of Bolero-La Valse . It is the standard , model interpretation of those works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Not Nearly So Bad February 3, 2003
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This Bernstein Century CD of Ravel's most famous works for orchestra is really not as bad as the previous reviwer indicated in his two reviews. When it comes to Ravel, I would select Munch, Paray or Cluytens before Bernstein, but with that being said this is an excellent disc. I find Bernstein's accounts better than many of his then contemporaries, and that includes readily available performances by Reiner, Szell and Ormandy. The sound, like all of Bernstein's vintage stereo recordings with the New York Philharmonic for CBS/Columbia/Sony, is full and rich. Fans looking for the complete Daphnis Et Chloe will want to pass on this (get the Munch on RCA Living Stereo), but otherwise you should have no reservations in purchasing this title.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Bernstein's Ravel recordings take a bit of straightening out. The Bolero, La valse, and Alborado del gracioso recorded in Paris date from 1975. The Daphnis et Chloe Suite o. 2 is with the NY Phil. from 1961. The finale item, Rapsodie espagnole, is also with the Philharmonic but later, 1973. Strangely, the cover doesn't list this last item. I note the various dates because the young Bernstein in 1961 was fresher and more energized in Ravel than his later self. but that isn't to gainsay that he was greeted with adulation in Paris, and the musicians give a Gallic tang to the selections they play, almost compensating for the lost of brilliance that the Philharmonic brings to Daphnis.

If you want Bolero, La valse, and an early Rapsodie espagnole from 1959, they are with the Philharmonic in 1959. Sony has released them in several incarnations, including their updated Great Performances series in enhanced sound with the original LP cover. The Parisian performances are heavier, more studied, yet in very vivid sound. The New York ones, particularly la valse, are livelier and edgier. Nothing detracts from Bernstein's imagination at any stage of his career, but I msut confess that the Alborada on this CD becomes ponderous, the last thing that Ravel should be.

The second suite that Ravel extracted from Daphnis et Chloe is actually the whole of Part III. What's heard here is that act taken from Bernstein's complete recording. It can be found in the Royal Edition in its entirety. Sony waited until 1978 to release the complete ballet in England, where the Gramophone declared it a disappointment on several grounds: dated sound, lack of attention to Ravel's shading of color, and absence of theatricality.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for easy listening. December 12, 2002
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If you don't have any interest in this recording academically, don't buy it. The resolution is very thin, and at times becomes over-saturated. At times in Dafnis, I have to strain my ear to hear what I'm KNOW is suppose to be there. This ablum, like many in this series (save Mahler 4, 7), is very disappointing, and I would have returned this album if I wasn't interested in Berstein's muscial approach.
I will keep this cd in my library, but will definitely find another Ravel recording for easy listening.
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