Seiji Ozawa’s magnificent Ravel recordings for DG were made in the 1970s and issued as a 3CD set. They have long been out of the catalogue and are now reissued individually and at budget price on Eloquence. The sheer energy and sense of colour, the acuity of Ozawa and the Bostonians response to every shifting mood, is tantalising. Volume 1 includes the popular ‘Boléro’ and ‘Pavane’, a near-orgasmic reading of ‘La Valse’, and the composer’s own orchestrations of three of his piano pieces.
Une Barque sue l’ocean
Alborado del gracioso
Pavane pour une infante défunte
Boston Symphony Orchestra
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