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André Previn|Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole, Le tombeau de Couperin, Valses nobles et sentimentales & Pavane pour une infante défunte

Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole, Le tombeau de Couperin, Valses nobles et sentimentales & Pavane pour une infante défunte

Andre Previn

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Some may lament the absence of Boléro on this disc of Ravel's orchestral favorites, but others will be glad to see that EMI had the decency to dispense with it, in light of its ubiquity on countless other collections. Without it, the sumptuous Valses nobles et sentimentales, the enchanting Le Tombeau de Couperin, the vibrant Alborada del gracioso, and the exotic Rapsodie espagnole take pride of place. Listeners who might have skipped them before may appreciate their finer substance, and actually recall their melodies without being distracted by Boléro's maddening earworms. André Previn and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra seem to relax a bit with the extra time afforded and give these works ample space to breathe, without rushing the pace or punching up the dynamics. Ravel's refined orchestration is lovingly shaped by the orchestra, and Previn draws out lines that are remarkably subtle and elastic. Of course, there has to be one "hit" on this album, the endlessly played Pavane pour une Infante défunte. Fortunately, this short, quiet piece fits in with the performers' gentle approach overall, and works as a closer in spite of its extreme familiarity. EMI's sound quality is fine, though a little soft in spots.
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Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole, Le tombeau de Couperin, Valses nobles et sentimentales & Pavane pour une infante défunte

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1
Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61: No. 1, Modéré, très franc
00:01:29

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1986 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered 2000 Parlophone Records Limited

2
Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61: No. 2, Assez lent, avec une expression intense
00:03:07

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1986 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered 2000 Parlophone Records Limited

3
Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61: No. 3, Modéré
00:01:24

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1986 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered 2000 Parlophone Records Limited

4
Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61: No. 4, Assez animé
00:01:28

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1986 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered 2000 Parlophone Records Limited

5
Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61: No. 5, Presque lent, dans un sentiment intime
00:01:47

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1986 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered 2000 Parlophone Records Limited

6
Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61: No. 6, Vif
00:00:55

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1986 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered 2000 Parlophone Records Limited

7
Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61: No. 7, Moins vif
00:03:12

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1986 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered 2000 Parlophone Records Limited

8
Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61: No. 8, Épilogue. Lent
00:04:35

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1986 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered 2000 Parlophone Records Limited

9
Le Tombeau de Couperin, M. 68a: I. Prélude
00:03:35

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1986 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

10
Le Tombeau de Couperin, M. 68a: II. Forlane
00:06:16

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1986 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Le Tombeau de Couperin, M. 68a: III. Menuet
00:05:28

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1986 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

12
Le Tombeau de Couperin, M. 68a: IV. Rigaudon
00:03:12

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 1986 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

13
Miroirs, M. 43: IV. Alborada del Gracioso (Orchestral Version)
00:07:36

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1986 Parlophone Records Limited

14
Rapsodie espagnole, M. 54: I. Prélude à la nuit
00:04:29

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1986 Parlophone Records Limited

15
Rapsodie espagnole, M. 54: II. Malagueña
00:02:07

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1986 Parlophone Records Limited

16
Rapsodie espagnole, M. 54: III. Habanera
00:02:56

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1986 Parlophone Records Limited

17
Rapsodie espagnole, M. 54: IV. Feria
00:06:31

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1986 Parlophone Records Limited

18
Pavane pour une infante défunte, M. 19
00:06:46

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - John Fraser, Producer - Mark Vigars, Engineer - Jeffrey Bryant, Horn, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1986 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered 2000 Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

Some may lament the absence of Boléro on this disc of Ravel's orchestral favorites, but others will be glad to see that EMI had the decency to dispense with it, in light of its ubiquity on countless other collections. Without it, the sumptuous Valses nobles et sentimentales, the enchanting Le Tombeau de Couperin, the vibrant Alborada del gracioso, and the exotic Rapsodie espagnole take pride of place. Listeners who might have skipped them before may appreciate their finer substance, and actually recall their melodies without being distracted by Boléro's maddening earworms. André Previn and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra seem to relax a bit with the extra time afforded and give these works ample space to breathe, without rushing the pace or punching up the dynamics. Ravel's refined orchestration is lovingly shaped by the orchestra, and Previn draws out lines that are remarkably subtle and elastic. Of course, there has to be one "hit" on this album, the endlessly played Pavane pour une Infante défunte. Fortunately, this short, quiet piece fits in with the performers' gentle approach overall, and works as a closer in spite of its extreme familiarity. EMI's sound quality is fine, though a little soft in spots.
© TiVo

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