Dutoit / Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal – Ravel: Ma Mère L’Oye (Canadian pressing)


# Composer: Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal
# Conductor: Charles Dutoit
# Vinyl (1984)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: London
# Size: 24/96kHz (1.26GB) and 16/44.1 (307MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

This is quite possibly the longest single album I own – almost 71 minutes.
Excellent sound and performance.


A few bars of this Decca record leave no doubt as to its excellence. This offers demonstration quality, transparent and refined, with the textures beautifully balanced and expertly placed. The performances too are wonderfully refined and sympathetic. Ma Mère L’Oye is ravishingly beautiful, it’s special combination of sensuousness and innocence beautifully caught – The Penguin Guide

This is one of my favorite recordings. The warm and balanced sound of the Montreal Orchestra under Dutoit, delves you into another world, no longer listening to technique, but being part of this fairy tale (Ma Mere L’Oye). Le Tombeau de Couperin is played with the same air and balance. The sound quality is beautifully captured by Decca’s engineers. – “A Customer”, amazon.com

This album was so well engineered that when it was first issued it won the year’s Gramophone award (1985) for engineering. All that needs to be said on that front therefore is that it still sounds exceptionally faithful. Charles Dutoit and the Montreal orchestra were regular favourites at that time, and Dutoit seems well suited to the reserved and fastidious world of Ravel. This album in particular features music that is especially suited to such an approach. Every piece is meticulously crafted, and Dutoit truly shines. – “Another Customer”, amazon.com

Track listing

Side One
01. Ma Mere l’Oye: 1. Prélude
02. Ma Mere l’Oye: 2. Danse Du Rouet Et Scène
03. Ma Mere l’Oye: 3. Pavane De La Belle Au Bois Dormant
04. Ma Mere l’Oye: 4. Les Entretiens De La Belle Et De La Bête
05. Ma Mere l’Oye: 5. Petit Poucet
06. Ma Mere l’Oye: 6. Laideronette; Apothéose. Le Jardin Féerique
07. Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte

Side Two
08. Le Tombeau de Couperin: 1. Prélude
09. Le Tombeau de Couperin: 2. Forlane
10. Le Tombeau de Couperin: 3. Menuet
11. Le Tombeau de Couperin: 4. Rigaudon
12. Valse nobles et sentimentales: 1. Modéré; 2. Assez Lent
13. Valse nobles et sentimentales: 3. Modéré; 4. Assez Animé
14. Valse nobles et sentimentales: 5. Presque Lent; 6. Assez Vif
15. Valse nobles et sentimentales: 7. Moins Vif; 8. Epilogue

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
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– Trans-Fi Audio Reso-Mat
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