# Composer: Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: André Previn
# Vinyl (1979 / 1978 / 2012)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Hi-Q Records
# Size: 831MB (24/96) + 212MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
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# Server: RS, FF
Stunningly beautiful sound on this Hi-Q release.
I’ve got at least 6 different versions of Boléro, and I think this is my new favorite. The Daphnis et Chloé is breathtaking – my only complaint is that it’s not the complete ballet. Ravel fans, be sure to grab this one!
From the label:
André Previn had been principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra for over ten years by the time he completed the recording of Boléro on this record, the longest tenure with the LSO of any single conductor. During that time, he raised the profile of both the orchestra and himself with UK television appearances on such popular programmes as Morecambe and Wise and on his own André Previn’s Music Night where he introduced classical music to a mass UK audience.
His recorded legacy with the LSO belongs to that golden decade of analogue recordings, mainly for EMI, which included the kind of repertoire in which Previn excels, such as Russian Romantics like Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev as well as British composers like Walton and Britten but his versatility is also reflected in repertoire as diverse as Debussy and Haydn.
A first class coupling in every way. The recording is splendid. Boléro is given a whole side to itself and the climax is superbly caught, full and clear… The record was made in the Kingsway Hall and its unique acoustic is even more impressively demonstrated in the Daphnis and Chloé suite, a highly distinguished performance in every way… The recording throughout shows that analogue techniques can still offer the most sophisticated detail, without loss of colour and richness of texture. – Ivan March, GRAMOPHONE
01 – Boléro
02 – Daphnis et Chloé – Suite No.2
03 – Pavane pour une infant défunte
Recorded on 26 June 1979 (Boléro) at the Kingsway Hall, London and 14 July 1978, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London.
Produced and engineered respectively by the legendary team of Christopher Bishop and Christopher Parker.
You can find more details on this album here.
All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5
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