Ravel, Bolero, Daphnis Et Chloe, La Valse, EMI Classics DVD, # 7243 4 92395
9 3. Orchestre De Paris, Jean Martinon, remastered from the original
analogue tapes, made in Holland.
> [Original Message]
> From: Russell W. Miller <[log in to unmask]>
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> Date: 8/7/2003 11:36:09 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Bolero by Ravel the definitive version?
> > From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> > [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Steven Smolian
> > The thing to watch for here beyond technical competence is to be sure
> > 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
> > but neglected conductor who was also active for the same company
> > at the same
> > time and with the same orchestra.
> I, too, was unaware of any attribution issues with this particular Ravel
> recording. It's listed as authentic in Touzelet's discography, and there
> an eyewitness account of the session (but I don't have the reference handy
> for this.) According to this account it was Albert Wolff who rehearsed
> orchestra before Ravel made the recording.
> Ravel chooses a slow tempo in his recording, as does Coppola. Even in
> Ravel's day there were conductors taking the music much faster than the
> composer liked; on 78s these were the three-sided versions, such as
> Koussevitzky's. As I recall (but I don't have a copy of it here to check)
> Paray's version is one of the fast ones. For a recording in modern sound
> that adopts a slow tempo like the composer's, I'd go for Skrowaczewski and
> the Minnesota Orchestra on Vox, in excellent 1970s analog sound.
--- Fred Catalano
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