Lionel Bringuier / Ray Chen / Yuja Wang / Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra

Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works [includes Booklet]

(Digital Download - Deutsche Grammophon #)

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Maurice Ravel's orchestral works are universally regarded as models of the art of orchestration, and this 4-CD box set from Deutsche Grammophon presents them complete, in stupendous live performances by Lionel Bringuier and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. These recordings, made between 2014 and 2015, capture every aspect of Ravel's genius, from the colorful transcriptions of his piano pieces to works composed specifically for orchestra. While the ever-popular Boléro is a textbook example of how to use tone colors for a cumulative effect, such lavish pieces as the ballets Daphnis et Chloé and La Valse are sumptuous in their lush textures and vibrant sonorities. Bringuier is an enthusiastic advocate for Ravel's music, and his expertise is apparent in his meticulous interpretations and in the precision of the musicians, who play with rhythmic accuracy and polished execution. Featured soloists in these performances are the virtuoso pianist Yuja Wang, who is exciting in the Piano Concerto in G major and the Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major, and violinist Ray Chen, who delivers a compelling reading of Tzigane. In the remaining selections, the Tonhalle shines with brilliant luster, and Deutsche Grammophon's reproduction is first-rate, with its depth, detail, and dynamic range approaching audiophile quality.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 12:52 Amazon
2 10:04 Amazon
Le Tombeau de Couperin, M. 68a
3 03:14 Amazon
4 05:29 Amazon
5 04:49 Amazon
6 03:09 Amazon
7 15:24 Amazon
Piano Concerto in G, M. 83
8 08:20 Amazon
9 08:16 Amazon
10 03:59 Amazon
Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61
11 01:24 Amazon
12 02:18 Amazon
13 01:54 Amazon
14 01:10 Amazon
15 01:07 Amazon
16 00:59 Amazon
17 02:38 Amazon
18 03:13 Amazon
Ma mère l'oye, ballet, M. 62
19 03:02 Amazon
20 03:08 Amazon
21 02:28 Amazon
22 04:32 Amazon
23 05:02 Amazon
24 04:34 Amazon
25 04:09 Amazon
26 01:30 Amazon
27 06:27 Amazon
28 06:09 Amazon
Miroirs, M.43
29 06:46 Amazon
Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D, M. 82
30 07:42 Amazon
31 04:51 Amazon
32 05:02 Amazon
Rapsodie espagnole, M. 54
33 04:33 Amazon
34 01:58 Amazon
35 02:31 Amazon
36 05:50 Amazon
Miroirs, M.43
37 07:47 Amazon
38 11:14 Amazon
Daphnis et Chloé, Symphonie chorégraphique, M. 57
39 10:08 Amazon
40 01:14 Amazon
41 01:43 Amazon
42 04:13 Amazon
43 02:46 Amazon
44 04:50 Amazon
45 02:47 Amazon
46 04:32 Amazon
47 05:30 Amazon
48 05:28 Amazon
49 05:25 Amazon
50 04:43 Amazon
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