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Claudio Abbado|Debussy: Nocturnes / Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2 & Scriabin: Le Poème de l'extase

Debussy: Nocturnes / Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2 & Scriabin: Le Poème de l'extase

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra has long been considered as the most “French” of American orchestras. It was Pierre Monteux who helped give it its distinctive sound, later refined by Charles Munch, who was its principal conductor from 1949 to 1962. But let us not forget the contributions of conductors such as Serge Koussevitzky, Erich Leinsdorf, Seiji Ozawa and James Levine.

Claudio Abbado began collaborating with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1958, when the young Italian won the Conducting Prize at the Koussevitzky competition in Tanglewood. Together with his very young American colleague Michael Tilson Thomas, Abbado often conducted the Boston Symphony before Ozawa’s appointment, when the health of its conductor William Steinberg began to deteriorate.

Abbado dazzled the public with his unforgettable Debussy and Ravel, which he immediately recorded, as can be seen from the sessions of the 2nd of February 1970 (Ravel, Debussy) and the 8th of February 1971 (Scriabin) included in this album. With their diaphanous Clouds, sumptuous Festivals and deeply nostalgic Sirens, Debussy’s Nocturnes are magical under his direction; the Italian conductor has full control over his art, between a powerful understanding of the music and sensitivity of every moment. The magnetic Lever du jour of Daphnis et Chloé, in which all the birds of the world seem to be summoned, is a good representation of the refined Ravelian world that fit Abbado like a glove and whose strength and tenderness he knew how to express.

In Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy, Abbado seems more concerned with revealing the sound aesthetics and orchestral beauty of the Scriabinian universe (the Boston trumpets!) than with Scriabin's search for an impossible philosophical transcendence. But the sense of structure and formal fluidity are astonishing. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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Nocturnes, L. 91 (Claude Debussy)

1
Nuages. Modéré
00:07:53

Claude Debussy, Composer - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Günter Hermanns, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Faust, Producer - Joachim Niss, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1970 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
Fêtes. Animé et très rythmé
00:06:05

Claude Debussy, Composer - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Günter Hermanns, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Faust, Producer - Joachim Niss, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1970 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Nocturnes, L.91 (Claude Debussy)

3
Sirènes. Modérément animé
00:10:41

New England Conservatory Chorus, Choir, MainArtist - Claude Debussy, Composer, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lorna Cooke DeVaron, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Günter Hermanns, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Faust, Producer - Joachim Niss, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1970 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Daphnis et Chloé Suite No.2, M. 57b (Maurice Ravel)

4
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No.2, M.57b
00:16:13

New England Conservatory Chorus, Choir, MainArtist - Maurice Ravel, Composer - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lorna Cooke DeVaron, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Günter Hermanns, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Faust, Producer - Joachim Niss, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1970 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte, M.19
00:06:43

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Günter Hermanns, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Faust, Producer - Joachim Niss, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1970 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Scriabin: Le Poème de l'Extase, Op.54
00:19:32

ALEXANDER SCRIABIN, Composer - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Günter Hermanns, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Faust, Producer - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1971 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has long been considered as the most “French” of American orchestras. It was Pierre Monteux who helped give it its distinctive sound, later refined by Charles Munch, who was its principal conductor from 1949 to 1962. But let us not forget the contributions of conductors such as Serge Koussevitzky, Erich Leinsdorf, Seiji Ozawa and James Levine.

Claudio Abbado began collaborating with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1958, when the young Italian won the Conducting Prize at the Koussevitzky competition in Tanglewood. Together with his very young American colleague Michael Tilson Thomas, Abbado often conducted the Boston Symphony before Ozawa’s appointment, when the health of its conductor William Steinberg began to deteriorate.

Abbado dazzled the public with his unforgettable Debussy and Ravel, which he immediately recorded, as can be seen from the sessions of the 2nd of February 1970 (Ravel, Debussy) and the 8th of February 1971 (Scriabin) included in this album. With their diaphanous Clouds, sumptuous Festivals and deeply nostalgic Sirens, Debussy’s Nocturnes are magical under his direction; the Italian conductor has full control over his art, between a powerful understanding of the music and sensitivity of every moment. The magnetic Lever du jour of Daphnis et Chloé, in which all the birds of the world seem to be summoned, is a good representation of the refined Ravelian world that fit Abbado like a glove and whose strength and tenderness he knew how to express.

In Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy, Abbado seems more concerned with revealing the sound aesthetics and orchestral beauty of the Scriabinian universe (the Boston trumpets!) than with Scriabin's search for an impossible philosophical transcendence. But the sense of structure and formal fluidity are astonishing. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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