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  Ravel: Bolero, La Valse, Rapsodie Espagnole - Munch
  Ravel: Bolero, La Valse, Rapsodie Espagnole, Debussy: Images

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Munch (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by Peter May 15, 2005 (16 of 17 found this review helpful)
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Stereo sonics: top sound

I had thought of leaving my little review at that but......

This wonderful SACD arrived a week ago and, having listened to it quite captivated by the wonderful performances and superb engineering, I was surprised that it had not been reviewed here. Indeed, it had attracted only one recommendation, a negative one at that, though the score has now improved hugely.

Munch seems to make the BSO sound like a top flight French orchestra in that the performances sound so authentic; the playing is sensitive and powerful, the balance superb. There is depth to the recording which is a credit to the minimal number of microphones used, but the balance and ensemble are down to the inspiring conducting of Munch.

Bolero is taken at a tempo which maintains the tension without becoming heartlessly relentless. La Valse's performance has been described elsewhere as a bit of a mess, but I found the ensemble in the rubati breathtakingly elegant.

Rapsodie Espagnole and Images are virtuoso performances; just luxuriate in the music and the sound!

Recommended with enormous pleasure.

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Works: 4  

Claude Debussy - Images, L 122
Maurice Ravel - Boléro, M. 81
Maurice Ravel - La valse, M. 72
Maurice Ravel - Rapsodie espagnole, M. 54