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Tim Ashley
Gramophone, August 2019

RAVEL, M.: Valses nobles et sentimentales / La valse / Daphnis et Chloé Suites Nos. 1 and 2 (Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20451
RAVEL, M.: Valses nobles et sentimentales / La valse / Daphnis et Chloé Suites Nos. 1 and 2 (Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10451

This is extremely fine, as indeed are the Daphnis Suites, where the playing is superbly accomplished in its understated virtuosity and Chailly is marvellously acute in his understanding of Ravel’s sonorities. There are real frissons of excitement and menace in Suite No 1, when the ‘Danse guerrière’ suddenly intrudes on the pervasive sensuality of the previous scenes. The flute solo in the Second Suite, exquisitely played by Jacques Zoon, sounds chastely sensuous rather than languidly torpid, and the ‘Danse générale’ is all the more forceful for being taken at a sensible speed, gathering momentum as it goes, rather than rushed or scrambled. Boléro, meanwhile, is outstandingly done with the succession of instrumental solos both scrupulously played and individually characterised without for a second fracturing the cumulative impact of the whole. The recorded sound is tremendous—state-of-the-art demonstration level and beyond. © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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