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Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan - Ravel: Bolero / Debussy: La Mer / Mussorgsky: Pictures at An Exhibition [1966] (2015)

26-07-2015, 17:29
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Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan - Ravel: Bolero / Debussy: La Mer / Mussorgsky: Pictures at An Exhibition [1966] (2015)

Artist: Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan
Title Of Album: Ravel: Bolero / Debussy: La Mer / Mussorgsky: Pictures at An Exhibition [1966]
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Genre: Classical
Quality: 320 / 24bit FLAC
Total Time: 74:49 min
Total Size: 181 MB / 1.43 GB
WebSite: Album Preview


Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
La Mer, L.109

01. From Dawn Till Noon On The Sea (De l'aube à midi sur la mer)
02. Play Of The Waves (Jeux de vagues)
03. Dialogue Of The Wind And The Sea (Dialogue du vent et de la mer)

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839 - 1881)
Pictures At An Exhibition
Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel

04. Promenade
05. Gnomus
06. Promenade
07. The Old Castle
08. Promenade
09. The Tuileries Gardens
10. Bydlo
11. Promenade
12. Ballet of the Chickens in Their Shells
13. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
14. The Market-place at Limoges
15. The Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum)
16. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
17. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)
18. The Great Gate of Kiev

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Boléro, M. 81

19. Original Version, M. 81
Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Here are examples of 'The Karajan Effect' at its most positive, and sounding, in these new transfers, fractionally more open, focused and fresh than before, with the billowing bass moderated and the dynamic range extended. Along with Karajan's own imaginative deployment of orchestral colour (to take one example: the extra gong with barely damped striker at the end of Pictures), the Berlin Jesus-Christus Kirche acoustics of these 1964-6 recordings add their own wonderful coloration and atmosphere (dark and cavernous at appropriate moments in Pictures). The 1980s Berlin Philharmonic DG remakes (in their remastered 'Karajan Gold' format) offer something closer to concert-hall reality (a cleaner more neutral sound) but, on the whole, the imaginative daring and the excited discovery of new realms of creative and technical possibility are missing; certainly the 1980s performances are less given to spontaneous ignition.

For those unfamiliar with these 1960s accounts, Bolero is slow and steady (but Karajan risks floating the early solos), and Pictures is broader and grander than Karajan's previous and subsequent recordings (and most others). But how does one do justice to this La mer in a single sentence? Well, you can either be seduced by some of the most sheerly beautiful orchestral sound ever recorded, or appreciate it for its wide-ranging imagery and its properly mobile pacing; but whichever way you look at it, it is one of the great recorded La mers and one of the classics of the gramophone.

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