Ravel, Franck: Orchestral works
Eduard van Beinum
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4825491
Barcode
00028948254910
Format
1-CD
About
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CÉSAR FRANCK
Psyché
Variations symphoniques+

MAURICE RAVEL
Rapsodie espagnole*
Boléro*
La Valse*

Géza Anda , piano+
Concertgebouworkest
Eduard van Beinum 

*FIRST INTERNATIONAL CD RELEASE ON DECCA

Recording information

Recording Producers: Unknown (Franck: Variations symphoniques); John Culshaw (Franck: Psyché); Victor Olof (Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole); Jaap Ginneken (Ravel: Boléro, La Valse)
Balance Engineers: Unknown (Franck: Variations symphoniques); Kenneth Wilkinson (Franck: Psyché, Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole); Henk Jansen, Cees Huizinga, Henk van Leeuwen (Ravel)
Recording Locations: Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 17–21 May 1943 (Franck: Variations symphoniques), 19 May–1 June 1953 (Franck: Psyché), 10 September 1946 (Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole), 30 June 1958 (Ravel: Boléro), 25 September 1958 (Ravel: La Valse)
Original LP Releases: Decca LXT 2829–30 / LW 5069 (Franck: Psyché); Decca AK2093-94 (Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole); Philips 835009AY (Ravel: Boléro, La Valse); Deutsche Grammophon 1068132 (Franck: Variations symphoniques)
Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer
Cover Image: ‘Cupid and Psyche in the nuptial bower’ (c.1792/93) by Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1740–1808), oil on canvas
Booklet Editor: Bruce Raggatt

Reviews

‘This is comparatively out-of-the-way music that Van Beinum evidently loved and was expert in. The bloom on the orchestra’s tone speaks volumes for the affection the musicians have for the piece.’ Gramophone (Psyché)

‘It is a tip-top performance, wide in dynamic range and thoroughly sensitive to the virtuosic demands of Ravel’s orchestration. Without question, this is the best recording we have had of this pungently evocative work.’ Gramophone (Rapsodie espagnole)