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Chabrier: Espana, Rhapsody, Bourree - Paray

Chabrier: Espana, Rhapsody, Bourree - Paray

Mercury Living Presence  475 618-3

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Chabrier: Espana, Rhapsody, Bourree, Fete Polonaise etc., Roussel: Suite in F

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Paul Paray (conductor)

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Review by Graham Williams - October 1, 2004

This SACD encapsulates pure joy, both in the music of Chabrier and its performances here.

The recordings taped between March 1957 and November 1959 in three different venues are quite remarkable in their vividness. The clarity of the sound and the attack and energy exhibited by the Detroit Symphony under Paul Paray are truly astounding in these thrilling performances. Though not major works, all the pieces are beautifully crafted and orchestrated (the Bourrée Fantasque is given in the orchestration by Felix Mottl).

The short Suite in F by Roussel makes an excellent, if stylistically different, filler and is equally impressive in both sound and performance.

Listening to this SACD is the aural equivalent of taking a good tonic or a glass of single malt whisky – it makes you feel rejuvenated!

Those already familiar with Mercury Living Presence recordings will need no encouragement to buy this disc as the excellent transfers to SACD (3- channel) have made it sound as never before. For those new to MLP recordings a treat is in store.

Copyright © 2004 Graham Williams and HRAudio.net

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