Ravel : Bolero
Charles Munch conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra
RCA "Living Stereo" LSC 1984
Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram
Brand New and Sealed Record
Contents & Details
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
A1 - Bolero
A2 - La Valse
B1 - Rapsodie Espagnole
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
B2 - Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun
Recorded live at the Boston Symphony Hall.
Maurice Ravel composed Rapsodie espagnole in 1908, La valse in 1920 and Bolero in 1928. Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun was composed in 1894.
Charles Munch was the opposite of the "intellectual" school of French conductors, as typified by Pierre Boulez. He was a completely spontaneous artist, which is what made him the great Berlioz conductor of our time, and literally anything could happen when he got up onto the podium. It follows then, that his Ravel is not going to be the sort of hyper-precise, calculated sort of interpretation that many fans of the composer expect, but it will be exciting as hell. These three pieces are shrewdly chosen; they are the composer's most extrovert works, and Munch pulls out all of the stops in his performances of them. A classic recording, and a great memento of a unique artist.
The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.
Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from the original 3-track master tapes, cut at 33 1/3, and plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings — makers of the world's finest-sounding vinyl LPs, — no other editions match these for the quietest 200-gram platters available. Note that we've also expanded this reissue to include a Stoughton Printing tip-on gatefold jacket with additional photos - a luxurious upgrade from the original single pocket jacket.