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Ravel: Daphnis et Chloë Suites - Haitink, de Waart

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloë Suites - Haitink, de Waart

PentaTone RQR  PTC 5186 167

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Ravel: Daphnis et Chloë Suites 1 & 2, Ma Mère l'Oye, Bolero

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Edo de Waart (conductor)

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Review by John Broggio - June 3, 2007

This disc opens with the two suites from Daphnis et Chloe - it is a great shame that there is no modern MCH version of this marvellous score (in the completed version) available, although there is at least one of the second suite. The first suite is not the musical equal of the second but Haitink and the RCO do their best for the music. This is not the equal of Dutoit in Montreal nor the classic Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe - Munch (which sounds dated but marvellous for the period) but these are very high standards indeed. The second suite, again, is not performed to quite the same standards mentioned but at least the music is more engaging. Compared to Ravel: Bolero - Boulez, the Ma Mére l'Oye is sadly lacking in atmosphere; it is not poor but compared to the best it is lacking in atmosphere [as the DGG recording will become increasingly difficult to obtain, this is a good alternative though].

The music making takes a real step-down in quality for the ubiquitous Bolero, this time with de Waart and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra - there can be no pretence that these players are remotely as good as their Amsterdam cousins and I would have preferred it that Pentatone gave us shorter playing time than ruin the (slightly limited) pleasure that Haitink conjured up.

The sound is good but with the musical issues not top-drawer, it doesn't matter so much.

Sadly not wholly recommendable.

Copyright © 2007 John Broggio and HRAudio.net

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