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Reveries

Claude Debussy , Gabriel Fauré , Charles Gounod , Edvard Grieg , Jules Massenet , Maurice Ravel , Erik Satie , Jean Sibelius , Eiji Oue , Minnesota Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra
  • Conductor: Eiji Oue
  • Composer: Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Charles Gounod, Edvard Grieg, Jules Massenet, et al.
  • Audio CD (August 6, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reference Recordings
  • ASIN: B00006C2QH
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,852 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Surprise August 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Reference Recordings' "Reveries" seems to be a significant departure from many of their prior releases, which for the most part have been works of extremely wide dynamic range. Also interesting, is that all the works selected for this album use a "andante" or "walking tempo".
The RR Website states the works selected are "Relaxing, beloved classics by Debussy, Satie, Ravel, Faurè, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and more, beautifully played by one of America's great orchestras. A balm for jangled nerves, and excellent music for unwinding and dining!"
Personally, I don't purchase albums like the one described above. I generally want a good deal of "sturm und drang" in my music. But, I so much enjoyed the past three RR releases (Copland, Respighi, and Rachmaninoff) with Oue and the Minnesota, I couldn't resist. At a minimum I was curious how well Prof. Johnson captured the many subtle orchestra colors and sounds found in these works, and how well Oue and the Minnesota handled these (mostly) familiar "classics".
Instead of "relaxing", I found myself significantly impressed and surprised by the interpretations and quality of ensemble in some of the tracks on this disk. Even more surprising is how moved I was by them.
There are 12 tracks in all. Where this CD caught fire for me was track 7, Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun"; followed by track 9, Ravel's "Pavane for a Dead Princess"; track 11, Sibelius's "The Swan of Tuonela", and finally Saite's (as arranged by Debussy) "Gymnopedie No. 3".
I have long been familiar with all of the above, but have no particular recollection of connecting strongly with any of these works. I made the connection today. Perhaps the whole is greater then the sum of the parts.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful music and superb recording! January 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I first heard the first 3 tracks from NPR on one September day and was simply breathless. Especially with Satie's music, I only knew it being the piano solo without realizing that Debussy had orchestra arrangement for it. Furthermore I didn't realize that the orchestra interpretation can be so moving that it almost brought tears to my eyes. It's so beautiful and rich in sound, adding whole new dimensions to the original solo that I remember by heart.
I contacted the radio station inquiring about the CD and interestingly enough, the label happens to be one of the small recording companies. Luckily they have a website and from there I found myself a good deal through Amazon Marketplace.
The cd consists of music of slow tempo. Many familiar tracks now have new meanings to me. I'm also fond of track 6, the melody lingers on long afterwards. The last track is also by Satie. With the same the style and tempo as the opening track, it ends the CD nicely.
I'm so happy to own such a superbly recorded CD which is also the first one I played many times continueously. This has become my favourite possession among hundreds of my cds.
So please get a copy for yourself, find a quiet Sunday afternoon, have a cup of tea ready and emerge yourself in the breathtaking music......
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This is an album unlike most that Eiji Oue and the Minnesota Orchestra usually produce. It is a classical album with a singular purpose: to provide respite from our daily storm. There are similar discs out there but not even approaching the quality of Reveries. The recording quality is assured by the label, Reference Recordings. They take sound recording as seriously as anyone, and their goal is to make finer recordings than anyone else. And they generally succeed as this album proves.

The content of this beautiful album ranges from composers familiar to those outside of classical circles, like Tchaikovsky, to less familiar ones such as Faure and Gounod. They have in common the single trait of being superb melodists. Each piece is built upon a beautiful melody surrounded by exquisite orchestration. Each was composed with a slow, relaxed tempo. Violins abound because they can be soothing, but also flutes and even French horns.

Technically, the sound of Reveries is of the highest quality. Instrumental timbres, the air surrounding instruments, and their definition are all superb. So is the amount of reverberant ambience, and clarity, and depth of soundstage, and center fill. All this adds up to sumptuous sound.

Reveries is an album to place in the CD player and then sit down, listen, and let the tension drain into the ether. Highly recommended if you happen to live in today's hectic, chaotic world. (Even if you don't, buy it for someone who does.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep-bit recording is mind-blowing July 7, 2013
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I have obtained a number of Minnesota Orchestra recordings from the Oue era and their sonic qualities are wonderful. This anthology is a nice way to enjoy some of your favorite shorter pieces by Debussy.

Sadly, this orchestra is now in the midst of a prolonged strike and may never sound this good again.

Highly recommended.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This version is for play-along (with the sheet music) November 29, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
Please note the above versions are for learning this piece - sheet music is available on [...] and these soundfiles are play-along versions. For some reason reviews of other versions of Reverie are posted here...but they are right it is a beautiful piece!
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