The thing to watch for here beyond technical competence is to be sure the
conducto holds tempo throughout the piece. Many speed up near the end
which, as I recall, Ravel specifically prohibits.
This is the first I hear Ravel did not conduct the Polydor/Brunswick 78
version. He was in the studio as piano accomanist about the time these
records were made. If not Ravel, I'd guess it to be Albert Wolff, a fine
but neglected conductor who was also active for the same company at the same
time and with the same orchestra.
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From: "David S Sager" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Bolero by Ravel the definitive version?
> If I am remembering correctly, Detroit/Paul Paray did a good, solid
> version on Mercury. I wonder if it has been reissued?
> >>> [log in to unmask] 08/06/03 07:10PM >>>
> I was wondering whether anyone on this list might be able to steer
> in the direction of any performance of this work that is considered
> the benchmark upon which other are judged? I am a neophyte
> in the "classical" world and any help would be appreciated.
> Aaron Levinson