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 2 brings one of the most spry and sexy readings of ‘Le Tombeau de Couperin’, a ‘Rapsodie Espagnole‘ with the excitement of its concluding ‘Feria’ possibly unequalled among latter-day recordings and a highly imaginative ‘Ma Mère l’Oye’.
Le Tombeau de Couperin
Ma Mère l’oye – complete ballet
Boston Symphony Orchestra
‘Excellent … absolutely magical playing’ ClassicsToday.com
‘Ozawa communicates an athletic grace and buoyancy that never fails to vivify these modern gems’ Fanfare