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RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Valses nobles et sentimentales / Gaspard de la nuit (Lyon National Orchestra, Slatkin)

Composer(s):Ravel, Maurice
Artist(s) Slatkin, Leonard, Conductor • Lyon National Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.572888
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 7.99

USD 6.99


Maurice Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales present a vivid mixture of atmospheric impressionism, intense expression and modernist wit, his fascination with the waltz further explored in La valse, a mysterious evocation of a vanished imperial epoch. Heard here in an orchestration by Marius Constant, Gaspard de la nuit is Ravel’s response to the other-worldly poems of Aloysius Bertrand, and the dance suite Le tombeau de Couperin is a tribute to friends who fell in the war of 1914–18 as well as a great 18th-century musical forbear. ‘It is a delightful and assorted collection…presented in splendid performances by the Orchestre National de Lyon led by their music director, the venerable American conductor Leonard



A Professional Rendering
Review By DM96074,December 2013

In their second recording of orchestral works by Maurice Ravel, the Orchestre National de Lyon (led by the great Leonard Slatkin) gives another interesting and professional performance of his early 20th century compositions, all of which, except “La valse”, were originally written for piano.

Both “Valses nobles et sentimentales” and Le tombeau de Couperin” were orchestrated by Ravel shortly after they were written, allowing comparison of their impact as solo piano and, later orchestrated works. “La valse”, commissioned and rejected by Serge Dyagilev, is the only piece presented here which was originally done as a fully orchestrated work. All three compositions, utilizing 18th and 19th century dance forms and 20th century harmonic ideas, show Ravel as an era-straddling more....

Another fine addition to this vital collection
Review By dc92823,December 2013

I reviewed the first volume of the orchestral works of Ravel with Leonard Slatkin and the Orchestre National de Lyon a couple of months ago and found it well worth having. This second one is, perhaps, even better. Ravel's gift for orchestration is one of his trademarks. Especially in his waltz pieces is his flair for wonderful harmonies and delicate little sonic touches very apparent. The "Valses nobles et sentimentales" are a very charming set of short waltzes whose tone varies from the very refined and subdued to the more bombastic and celebratory.

His "La valse" is well known for its gradual building and stunning, Spanish inflected feel. Slatkin paces all these works just perfectly and does not rush anything, capitalizing on the variety in the scores. Ravel intended more....

Ravel Orchestral Works, Vol. 2
Review By EW90580,December 2013

For those who like Ravel's orchestral music this is a treat. Orchestral versions of both "Valses nobles et sentimentales" and "Le tombeau de Couperin" have been available for several years, but - as far as I know - this CD of an orchestrated version of "Gaspard de la nuit," while probably not the only version marketed, is one of very few available. In his review of the Ondine recording, which included Marius Constant's 1988 (some sources give 1990) orchestral version of Ravel's solo-piano work "Gaspard de la nuit," James Leonard was highly critical of Constant's orchestration and called it third-rate.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion; mine is that I disagree strongly with James Leonard. I enjoyed hearing the performance. An orchestrator can be as adventurous or as more....


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