Review by Audiophile.no April 29, 2014 (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
|Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra is the Netherlands' largest music organization, and was founded in 1985 as a merger of the Amsterdam Philharmonic, the Utrecht Symphony and Chamber Orchestra Netherlanbds. Marc Albrecht is principal conductor, but on this recording is Carlo Rizzi is conducting. He has been a guest conductor for a number of the world's leading symphony orchestras.
Gordan Nikolic is the solo violinist.
The repertoire is a handful of Ravel's most prolific compositions, with Bolero as the most performed. Ravel was born in 1875 in the Basque town of Ciboure in Frankike, near the border with Spain.
This release covers several stages in Ravel's career. The earliest work we find in the last track, Pavane our une infante défunt, a title which Ravel himself to have said not really have anything to do with music - he just liked the sound of the word composition. It was originally written for piano in 1899, but was not known until his pupil Ricardo Vines performed it. Maurice himself insisted otherwise for it to be played very slowly, and made objections to all those who had a penchant for playing it far quicker than he did.
In 1910, Pavane pour une infante défunt was orchestrated in 2010, and it is of course this version that is recorded here. In a very beautiful rendition of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Although the pace perhaps not quite by Ravel's taste.
The opening work on this release is La Valse, one of my absolute favorite works both on this disc, and from Ravel ever. There is also a spectacular performance of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, full of dynamics. Naturally enough, this iperformance is very different from the one I Reviewed by Artur Pizarro in a variant for solo piano on Linn Records. In its original form this was composed in 1919-1920. It provoked some reactions when it was performed, and assigned symbolic meanings which Ravel himself denied.
The next piece is a suite in five parts - Ma more in `Oye (Mother Goose). Beautiful and lyrical, and far less dramatic than some of the other works.
Tzigane was originally written for violin and piano, but performed in a orchestrated version. It starts with a long part with solo violin, after which the orchestra coming in after a few minutes at an incredible orchestrated transition. As the name illustrates, this is a strong gypsy influenced music, superbly played by the soloist Gordan Nicolic.
Bolero is perhaps the most prolific of Ravel's compositions, dominated by a dynamic envelope. In this embodiment it is particularly fascinating because of the creative orchestra layout TACET is arranging. It allows palette of musicians who alternately being emphasized are particularly clear and interesting.
The sound on this release is in class of its own, making it one of the most interesting Ravel releases I've become acquainted with. Andreas Spreer`s radical surround mix takes in belly full circle with the orchestra placed around the microphones. For each work there is graphic illustration of where the instruments are located - a very valuable documentation which we also find on other TACET releases, and also on releases from 2L.
But it's not just surround mix that is ​​excellent. A stunning dynamics characterize all the tracks, and is particularly useful at La Valse, where the opening scene is almost magical atmosphere.
This is a release that is highly recommended, and should be mandatory for both Ravel enthusiasts and for those who want an almost pioneering multi-channel publishing!
This review was originally written and published by me at www.Audiophile.no.
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