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Ravel's Greatest Hit: The Ultimate Bolero


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Audio CD, June 22, 2004
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. BoleroCharles Munch13:49Album Only
listen  2. BoleroIsao Tomita 9:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. BoleroJacques Fray;Mario Braggiotti 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Bolero (Fox Trot)Nat Shilkret and the Victor Orchestra 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Bolero (78 rpm Version)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. BoléroArthur Fiedler 7:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. BoleroMorton Gould 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. BoleroThe Canadian Brass 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. BoleroEvelyn Glennie;Barry Wordsworth 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. BoleroEduardo Mata14:51Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 22, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000294TO2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Michael Harris on July 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a fun little album consisting of ten versions of Ravel's greatest "hit" -- the fantastic "Bolero." This album covers the waterfront -- from synthesizer to Benny Goodman. My only complaint is that the quality of some of older recordings in particular is rather poor. In fact you need to crank up the volume on two or three cuts, otherwise you won't even realize the song has begun. It would be interesting to apply this concept to any number of the great classical and popular pieces that one can't seem to get enough of -- how about Cole Porter's "Night and Day" for starters?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Discophage TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 27, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Well, in the first place, Ravel's Bolero, with its obsessively repeated melody and its huge built-in crescendo, is all about obsession, isn't it? The ancestor and unequalled masterpiece of all repetitive music. So it was a clever and witty idea of RCA to issue this collection of 10 times Ravel's Bolero - this is really "obsession to the power of obsession", and no admirer of the Bolero can find any exception with that. The disc opens and closes with the standard version, first in the classic version of Charles Munch with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (it is the 1956 version, not the one from 1962), grim, nervous and intensely urgent (and accelerating as it reaches its apex), then in the more laid-back and openly sensuous rendition of Eduardo Mata with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra - Bolero on a sultry afternoon in Mexico -, very steady in pulse until the end (recorded in 1980).

What you get in between are 8 transcriptions: by surging order of instrumental forces involved: Morton Goul'ds dazzling three and a half minute compendium for solo piano from 1932 (track 7), very much an Ivesian view of Ravel's Bolero; Tomita's new age version played on synthesizers (track 2, excerpted from his 1979 Ravel disc,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bernard on August 31, 2007
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I first heard this CD on Sirius radio, and had to have it. The various interpretations of Bolero are fascinating. My favorite is Benny Goodman: his version is only about 3 minutes long, but it's terrific. Great value, both as simply popular music to enjoy and also as an education in how style and arrangement impact a piece of music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brian458666 on September 26, 2011
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This is far better than I had thought possible. I'm not quite sure now just exactly what I expected to find, but it is easy to play the entire disc without the weariness of repetition. I don't know how many compositions could make the same claim but Bolero really shines through. Great concept and execution. Don't let the artwork fool you, this is a seriously worthwhile collection.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A reader on November 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
First off, I love the box art by Patrick McDonnell ("Mutts"). This disc just begged to be created. We hear 10 different interpretations of this familiar work. The choices are excellent. What is keeping this at 3 stars is the utter lack of craftsmanship about the older transfers. The liner notes are rather defensive about this. "Radical methods to eliminate all surface noise have not been used...". Translation: we didn't know how, and didn't care enough to find out. The transfers from the 78 masters are mediocre at best. If you compare these with the British transfers of the Armstrong 78s from the 20s (not the junk Columbia peddles) you'll hear what I mean. Memo to Soundbyte Productions: Cutter distortion, disc damage, "needle scratch" all could be reduced with some editing using consumer-level software, like CD Spin Doctor.

That aside, this is a fun disc and the price is right. Be sure to remove the thorns from the roses before you take them between your teeth!
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