Ravel: Orchestral Works / Ozawa
Format: Hybrid SACD
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa
Every orchestra has a characteristic sound and personality that identifies them through the ages, and in the case of the Boston Symphony Orchestra it is their contoured string and wind elegance, panache and suavity that marks them out as the premier “Francophone” American orchestra. With Seiji Ozawa at the helm, a conductor much identified with French repertoire, these multi-channel recordings of Maurice Ravel, accomplished during his long tenure as music director, are afforded the sonic treatment they deserve and are now able to receive given the latest SACD technology employed by Pentatone enabling the release of the full spectrum of sound captured by a previous era’s sound engineers. The 77 min. disc is highlighted by Ravel’s multi-part suites Le Tombeau de Couperin, Ma mere l’oye and Valses nobles et sentimentales.