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Roy Westbrook
MusicWeb International, August 2019

La Valse especially is enchanting, with a diaphanous string sound and some sensuous portamenti—Principal Viola Wolfram Christ contributes a particularly soupy slide for one of his close-ups. Chailly builds the momentum nicely up to the final climax and collapse, but never gets too frenetic. After all, this is still Ravel, dancing to disaster yes, but still dancing!

This is one of the two all-Ravel filmed performances known to me, alongside the Glyndebourne Ravel opera double bill, that are essential viewing for aficionados of the composer. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review



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




Uwe Krusch
Pizzicato, May 2019

In this All-Ravel program, Riccardo Chailly lets the masterfully orchestrated music develop with great naturalness and serenity. His high-class musicians play with bright orchestral colours. © 2019 Pizzicato





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