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Ravel: Boléro, Ma Mère L'Oye, Rapsodie Espagnole, Une Barque sur L'Océan, Alborada del Gracioso

Boulez , Berlin Philharmonic Orch. Audio CD
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listen  1. Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye - Ballet - Prélude: Très lentBerliner Philharmoniker 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye - Ballet - 1.Danse du rouet et Scène - AllegroBerliner Philharmoniker 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye - Ballet - 2.Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant.Lent - Allegro - Mouvement de Valse modéréBerliner Philharmoniker 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye - Ballet - 3.Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête.Mouvement de Valse modéréBerliner Philharmoniker 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye - Ballet - 4.Petit Poucet.Très modéréBerliner Philharmoniker 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye - Ballet - InterludeBerliner Philharmoniker 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye - Ballet - 5.Laideronnette,Impératrice des pagodes.Mouvement de marche - Allegro - Très modéréBerliner Philharmoniker 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye - Ballet - Apothéose:Le Jardin féerique.Lent et graveBerliner Philharmoniker 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ravel: Une barque sur l'océan - Très souple de rythmeBerliner Philharmoniker 7:59Album Only
listen10. Ravel: Alborada del gracioso, M.43 - Assez vifBerliner Philharmoniker 7:30Album Only
listen11. Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole - 1. Prélude à la nuitBerliner Philharmoniker 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole - 2. MalagueñaBerliner Philharmoniker 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole - 3. HabaneraBerliner Philharmoniker 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole - 4. FeriaBerliner Philharmoniker 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Ravel: BoléroBerliner Philharmoniker14:59Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 14, 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GLO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,452 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Berlin Philharmonic never has had much opportunity to play Ravel, which is a pity because under Pierre Boulez they do it extremely well. Under their current music director, Claudio Abbado, the orchestra more often than not sounds positively comatose. How gratifying then, that with a dynamic conductor and music that's fun to play, they rouse themselves to sound like the world-class ensemble they really can be when they're not resting on their laurels. Boléro is really smashing, with a knockout final cadence, and the solo players in all of these works cover themselves with glory. This is a great Ravel disc. --David Hurwitz

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ravel April 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I won't waste time writing about Bolero other than to say it is a great performance. It speaks for it self. The other works on the disc hold far more interest and here Boulez and the BPO are glorious. The Mother Goose ballet sounds creamy and rich without losing its chamber music like textures. Boulez and the BPO color this ballet and play it to the hilt. It comes of not as a show piece for the great BPO but as the orchestra does not encounter often. They make the most of their chance and then some with this performance.
The other 2 works on this disc get the same kind of care. Both are great performances. The playing is unequaled and Boulez show's that he is not the cold condcutor that many make him out to be.
This is a classic disc.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Popular Ravel Works January 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The French composer, Maurice Ravel, is often described as an impressionist. I find his music more vivid than the haze of impressionism usually elicits, and the music on this CD is some of his most vivid and descriptive, not to mention in terms of popularity. Bolero, Rhapsodie Espagnole, Alborada del Gracioso, Une Barque sur l'ocean, and the complete Mother Goose Ballet are all among those vivid compositions.

The Mother Goose ballet has five scenes from various fairy tales: Dance of the Spinning Wheel, Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty, Conversations of the Beauty and the Beast, Tom Thumb, Empress of the Pagodes, as well as a prelude, interlude, and a finale entitled Fairy Garden; all totaling 28 minutes. Each tableaux provides a vivid musical portrait of the fairy tale: the Dance of the Spinning Wheel has a constantly moving string undercurrent, while the Pavane for Sleeping Beauty has beautifully woven melodies in the winds, a lovely calm awaiting Prince Charming. Conversations of the Beauty and the Beast is a charming waltz where, perhaps, the girl is falling in love, while Tom Thumb has direct portrayals of bird trills and calls. The festive Empress of the Pagodes has an Asian pentatonic melody in a spirited dance, but it all culminates in the Fairy Garden, with a lush hymn set in 20th century fullness, bringing the work to close. Wonderfully colorful with lyric melodies for the woodwinds, charming dances, and special effects on the strings (glissandos, slides, harmonics, col legno, etc.) give the work a fantastical feel. Also on the disk is Une Barque sur l'ocean, an ultra Romantic depiction of the sea. Great swellings of waves occur in the music, first peacefully, with gently oscillating winds and strings, but eventually more aggressive.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite! May 11, 1999
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As usual, I agree with Mr. Hurwitz's comments about Bolero. This is my favorite recording of this work. It is the most rythmically precise version I've heard to date. Most other performances can't seem to hold it perfectly together for the entire 15 minutes, and when they get a little sloppy it ruins the piece. Please don't misunderstand; we don't want to hear Bolero played by computers, but rythmic precision adds immeasurably to the character of this work. If you think playing the same triplet figure over and over with a gradual crescendo is easy for the percussionist, think again. Then listen to Boulez and the Berliners make it sound effortless!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Finest Ravel Digital Recording October 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Pierre Boulez leads the Berlin Philharmonic in vibrant, exhilirating performances of Ravel's most notable orchestral works. I doubt I have heard the Berlin Philharmonic play with as much passion as it does for Alborada del Gracioso, Rapsodie espagnole, and Bolero. Their performance of the Ma Mere l'Oye is also quite passionate. Boulez proves he is one of Ravel's foremost interpreters on this amazing CD. These splendid performances are greatly enhanced by some of Deutsche Grammophon's finest digital sound recording. If one is searching for the finest recording of these popular Ravel works, then this exceptional CD is it. I thought Haitink's and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Ravel recording for Philips was the current cream of the crop, but Boulez and the Berlin Philharmonic have surpassed it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boulez and Berlin triumph June 15, 2004
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As a great admirer of Ravel's music, I don't know what made me hesitate so long in getting this recording. Yes, there are other excellent versions of most of these pieces, but Pierre Boulez makes the Berlin Philharmonic sound as French as they come. This CD is now one of the best modern Ravel recordings I can recall.

The program is generous, starting with an exciting "Ma Mere l'Oye" and ending with one of the most disciplined versions of "Bolero" I've ever heard, climaxing with an exhilaratingly raucous final few bars that come crashing down at the end. In between, Boulez conjures up a smoky, sensuous "Rapsodie Espagnole," and it, too, has excitement to spare, especially in the final "Feria" movement.

But the whole CD is wonderful, and even if you have other versions of the pieces, Boulez has done it again with this one. Sound quality is just terrific.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bolero is just the beginning December 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This collection of Ravel's orchestral works is one of the finest collections of Ravel's work available.
From the complete ballet "Ma Mere l'Oye" (over 28 minutes!) this CD gives us a listening treat. It's almost as though the spirit of Ravel was watching over the musicians as they played - esspecially in the finale, "Bolero". And I'm sure he must have been smiling.
The eight movements of Ravel's ballet are only the beginning of this splendid musical recitation. The "Une Barque sur l'Ocean" is amost eight minutes that will have you thinking of sea voyages. The "Alborada del Gracioso" is a great lead in to the "Rapsodie Espagnole", both of which will leave you thinking of Spain and the graciousness of the citizens.
Then there's "Bolero". I can think of no "Bolero" that is closer to what Ravel gave us. The repeated theme is particularly difficult for orchestras to catch without at least one mistake, but the Berlin Philharmonic, under the baton of Pierre Boulez succeed where other recordings of "Bolero" sometimes fall short. No one who has seen Dudley Moore and Bo Derek in "10" can forget the absolute sensuality of "Bolero", and it has never been presented this well.
An absolutely fantastic addition to the Classical music library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this!
This CD looks almost new and it is played well. I am so satisfied and happy to buy this quality of CD for cheaper price!
Published 2 months ago by Steventh
4.0 out of 5 stars A smooth, and always lovable BOLERO
So many Boleros, so many hours pondering while listening to this captivating music. And to think that once upon a time, his author, Ravel, did not think much of its own creation! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carmen S. dence
4.0 out of 5 stars stunning sound, slightly tame in places
Boulez is a cool customer, and there's a sense in this recording of not letting things get out of hand. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stanley Crowe
1.0 out of 5 stars It sounds like the recording was muted
I keep turning this CD up in order to hear it. I have never had a CD that didn't have good sound before. There seems to be something wrong with the recording.
Published 13 months ago by Carla Fontaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Bolero is a winner every time
Cannot review this CD with knowledge of its contents. I purchased this to give as a gift and have been told the recipient has enjoyed it tremendously.
Published 18 months ago by impern
3.0 out of 5 stars Cool detachment carried to the point of sterility
Some recordings one can admire but not love. This 1993 Ravel program from Boulez and the Berliners is hard even to admire. Read more
Published on April 18, 2012 by Santa Fe Listener
5.0 out of 5 stars Champagne or Sangria?
Boulez isn't as dry a conductor or human being as some would like us to believe and is a conductor of choice for a lot of very different music, Wagner? Debussy, Ravel, Berg? Read more
Published on November 15, 2009 by David Thierry
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally great Ravel by the berliners
This is an essential CD for Ravel collectors. Berliners finally
play Ravel wonderfully following Boulez mastery skills. This is for
sure a great recommendation.
Published on October 24, 2009 by Colloredo von Salzburg
5.0 out of 5 stars A quality performance of Ravel favorites necessary for every classical...
It's difficult to believe that at the time, many thought that the repetitive, layered composition of the title piece proved that Maurice Ravel was losing his sanity, especially... Read more
Published on August 8, 2009 by Sherri L. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Art That Makes Life Worth Living
Actually, the work highlighted on the cover of this CD is--you guessed it!--Bolero. Besides Bolero, this CD also includes Ma Mère l'Oye, Une Barque sur l'ocèan,... Read more
Published on August 3, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring
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