Ravel: Boléro; Alborada del gracioso; La valse; Ma mère l’oye; Le tombeau de Couperin; Daphnis et Chloé; Rapsodie espagnole

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COMPOSERS: Ravel
LABELS: Erato Bonsai
WORKS: Boléro; Alborada del gracioso; La valse; Ma mère l’oye; Le tombeau de Couperin; Daphnis et Chloé; Rapsodie espagnole
PERFORMER: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Armin Jordan
CATALOGUE NO: 4509-91934-2 DDD (2 discs) (1986)
In favour, for these summits of the orchestrator’s art, is a bright, brassy orchestra set in a spacious acoustic. The sound is clear, but it reveals a few things better left covered up. Latin in sound but not in temper, the playing is often easy-going and sometimes plain stodgy. Boléro labours; La valse starts heavy and gains weight. Best things are the simplicity of Mother Goose, the fluent, unhurried Tombeau, and, despite some languor and an anaemic choir, the Daphnis et Chloé suites. Robert Maycock

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