Ravel: Bolero – La valse – Rapsodie espagnole / Debussy: Images (2005) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Ravel: Bolero – La valse – Rapsodie espagnole / Debussy: Images
Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 2,70 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,30 GB | Partial Artwork
Label/Cat#: RCA Red Seal “Living Stereo” # 82876-66374-2 | Country/Year: US 2005
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic, Early 20th Century

This wonderful SACD arrived a week ago and, having listened to it quite captivated by the wonderful performances and superb engineering, I was surprised that it had not been reviewed here. Indeed, it had attracted only one recommendation, a negative one at that, though the score has now improved hugely.

Munch seems to make the BSO sound like a top flight French orchestra in that the performances sound so authentic; the playing is sensitive and powerful, the balance superb. There is depth to the recording which is a credit to the minimal number of microphones used, but the balance and ensemble are down to the inspiring conducting of Munch.

Bolero is taken at a tempo which maintains the tension without becoming heartlessly relentless. La Valse’s performance has been described elsewhere as a bit of a mess, but I found the ensemble in the rubati breathtakingly elegant.

Rapsodie Espagnole and Images are virtuoso performances; just luxuriate in the music and the sound!
Recommended with enormous pleasure. ~peter @ sa-cd.net

Tracklist:

1 Boléro 13:49
2 La Valse 11:21
Rapsodie Espagnole 14:54
3 Prélude À La Nuit 4:33
4 Malagueña 1:53
5 Habanera 2:31
6 Feria 5:57
Images For Orchestra 33:12
7 Gigues 6:30
Ibéria:
8 Par Les Rues Et Par Les Chemins 6:58
9 Les Parfums De La Nuit 7:58
10 Le Matin D’Un Jour De Fête 4:30

11 Rondes De Printemps 7:16

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