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Highly Recommended!Excellent set! I can't comment on the completeness as some others have but it has plenty for me. Pretty much all excellent recordings and highly recommended!5This is the REAL DEAL!There are many recordings of Ravel... But usually all you get is Bolero, Bolero, Bolero.. And then there is the Oistrach Trio recording of the Ravel Piano Trios... So that leads you to suspect there is something more... and then, there is... Well, this.. the complete works in fourteen CDs... It is all here.. Piano works, chamber strings, vocal and orchestral works.. and a selection of other artists who were contemporaneous... A great contribution and worth every penny...!!! I am very happy with it... a must for anyone who has interest... So ephemeral.. gossamer like.. understated... so French.. but excruciatingly expressive... YOu have to hear this to believe it!!!5This set rocksThe long and short of this review: Just go out and buy this box set. They picked some fantastic recordings for almost everything, the texts are included (something I HATE to see missing in these mega sets), and it really is about as complete as it gets.I never realized how small Ravel's output was -- 8 hours of listening a day, and you can hear the entire corpus over a lazy weekend (like I did). I recommend this approach; I appreciate his genius so much more for it. It really surprised me how outstanding every single work he wrote is. One might expect the afternoon to drag on as some of the lesser works pass by, but there is hardly a dud. I typically hate chansons and melodies (CD 6 and 7), but Ravel keeps it tuneful and dramatic at all the right points. Having the texts with excellent translations certainly helps.I am most familiar with Ravel's orchestral and piano works, so I view this set as having two heroes: Charles Dutoit and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Where their names show up, it is nothing but perfection and bliss. When it's not, things are still ok, but you wonder why Decca chose to stray from these champions.I think most people are most familiar with his orchestral works (CD 8 - 11), and the Dutoit recordings are just stellar -- transparent textures but weighty at the climaxes. I used to dread Daphnis et Chloe, but this recording gave me chills. There's a CD with Abbado conducting the Piano Concertos and it's good (CD 10 -- Valses nobles et sentimentales, Menuet antique, and Le Tombeau de Couperin round out the disc), but the performances across the board just aren't as crisp as Dutoit's. For example, the pacing in the Valses in particular is off almost from the get go. I very strongly recommend you investigate the Dutoit-Thibaudet recordings of the Piano Concertos on the London label, they are the gold standard in my book.The solo piano works (CD 1 and 2) are oustanding for the most part, but it's a little weird that they picked Thibaudet for the first disc of solo works, and then a mix for the next disc and the 4-hand stuff (CD 3). Aimard's performance of Miroirs is crazy good, but I find Argerich's piano version of the Valses nobles et sentimentales to be too dry. Some of the 4-hand recordings are from the 1970s, and you can hear the recording hiss as they pivot between those ADD performances from the 1970s and the more DDD modern ones, which I find very distracting.The two discs of chamber works (CD 4 and 5) are treasures. The String Quartet is famous and the Melos Quartet does great things with it. I was much less familiar with the rest of his output, but two particular gem that delighted me were the second Violin Sonata with its blues-influenced middle movement and perpetual mobile finale, and the Introduction and Allegro with a cascading harp that oozes French sophistication. I go between being sad that so much of Ravel's chamber music is overlooked and being thrilled to coming across it for the first time.The one-act operas are both conducted Maazel (CD 12 and 13). I'm not very familiar with either of them so I can't say if they're good or great, but the music in both have that Ravel-sparkle to them. I am surprised they don't show up more often on stage. The cantatas on the last disc (CD 14) are (to me, at least) just curiosities. It reminds me of Massenet, which isn't a good thing.These minor criticisms shouldn't dissuade you in the least to get this set. I have no idea how a complete Ravel set has never been issued before, but with a set this uniformly excellent across the board, it was definitely worth the wait.5Five StarsThe reading of Dutoit by La Valse is already worth the acquisition of the album.5Wow!Wow! This, being a complete compilation (at least what I'm told) it beautifully depicts all of the nuances, highs and lows of this incredible composer's work! I recommend it highly to anyone. Moreover, the recordings are beautifully done with precision and high fidelity.5Let It Come To Your House Where It Will Live And Be HappyWhat's not to love? Some of the best music ever conceived in a lovely box set well worth the bargain price. One could gripe about this or that in terms of selections and who played what. But, really, come on. Let it go. They did a great job. Enjoy without whining. You can do it. I believe in you.It's time for something timeless.5Must buy for every music loverIf you love Ravel, don't hesitate buying this wondeful box full of his masterpieces! I recommend for every music lover out there!5Extraordinary Performances at an Unbelievable PriceI can only second what earlier reviewers have said about this amazing box set that pretty much contains everything Ravel wrote -- even those Prix de Rome cantatas from early on. The artists included here are a who's who of (mostly) French artists, and don't kid yourself, these French musicians know the ins and outs as well as the spirit of Ravel's music. From the first disc that starts with Jean-Yves Thibaudet playing the S r nade grotesque, Menuet antique and Pavane pour une infant d funte to the last disc that ends with Michel Plasson leading a marvelous reading of Ravel's Myrrha (which won second prize in the 1901 Prix de Rome cantata competition, edged out by something by Andr Caplet) there is, amazingly, no loser in any of the performances.As earlier reviewers have suggested, you would do yourself a huge favor not to think about it but to simply order this box. You will not regret it, I promise!Scott Morrison5Excellent collection, great performances and outstanding recordingsExcellent collection, great performances and outstanding recordings. I haven't heard the entire box. What I've heard is worth the investment.5Grab This While It's AvailableThis 14-CD set contains 15-plus hours of Maurice Ravel's works (omitting only the pieces he wrote for the 1900 & 1905 Rome Prize Competitions). The recordings are all top-notch and drawn for the most part from the Decca and DG catalogs. Universal Classics is fairly spoiled for choice when it comes to this composer, and it's interesting to see what was included in the set and what was not.The solo and 4-hand piano works occupy the first three discs, with the solo works split pretty evenly between Decca recordings by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and DG recordings by Ivo Pogerelich (his awe-inspiring reading of "Gaspard de la nuit"), Martha Argerich and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. The 4-handed works are played by the Kontarskys, Pascal & Denise-Fran oise Rog and Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy, with Ravel's own two-piano version of Debussy's "Trois Nocturnes" played by Anne Shasby & Richard McMahon (you'll need to provide your own women's chorus for "Sir nes.") Decca has gone for recommended recordings here, using the arguably top recordings available to them in the Universal catalog. Sound is generally sumptuous (though the included Jacques F vrier recordings of "Habanera" and "Entre cloches" are a bit closely miked).The bulk of the orchestral works are represented by Charles Dutoit's outstanding survey with the Montreal Symphony that was recorded by Decca at the start of the digital era. The Daphnis & Chloe from this set has been a top recommendation since its release, and it comes up well here in the latest mastering (1999?) by Decca. The CD features 12 tracks, a much better situation than the single track encoded on the CD when it was initially released.The mantra of going for the best recording available extends to the choice of opera recordings as well: "L'enfant et les Sortil ges," which is the long-admired 1961 DG recording, and "L'Heure espagnole," also from DG and recorded in 1965. Both works are conducted by Lorin Maazel. While I find this choice logical from the standpoint of including recommended recordings, I find it unadventurous and frustrating from the point of availability. These Maazel recordings are still available in fine, remastered sound in a DG Originals 2-CD set that also features substantial fill ups (I assume the DG Originals mastering is the mastering used for CDs 12 & 13 of this set). One would think that most collectors already own these recordings in that DG Originals release, or in their initial single-CD releases.The frustration comes from the fact that Decca has two "house" recordings of "L'enfant" that they could have opted for instead: the 1954 stereo version by Ansermet and the later digital recording by Charles Dutoit (which was only given wide distribution in the USA when I released it under license through MHS. Dutoit's recording received rave reviews when it was released in 1995). Both of these recordings are hard to come by in the CD market these days, while the Maazel is readily available. Maybe I'm wrong, but I would think the target market for this 14-CD set isn't the casual listener looking to fill a "composer gap" in one fell swoop - let alone the novice looking for the most-expensive way possible to secure a copy of "Bolero"! -, but the avid collector, who is taking advantage of the completeness of this set to plug a few gaps in their existing collection. I'm not saying Decca should have included Ansermet's mono account of "L'Heure," but I think they could have included Dutoit's "L'enfant" and earned the admiration of collectors, even though the Maazel still wins on points in the overall scheme of things.To add to the frustration, Decca also had the option of including the digital recordings of both operas made by DG in the late 90s and conducted by Andr Previn. Though I would still give pride of place to Maazel, the Previn discs - which were well received by critics - can be hard to find, and their inclusion would have been a gesture to collectors who already own the fine Maazel versions.As vast as are Universal's Ravel holdings, there are gaps when it comes to some of Ravel's esoterica. Those gaps have been plugged by licensing recordings from EMI (CD 14 - "Myrrah," "Alcyone" & "Alyssa," conducted by Michel Plasson. These are the pieces Ravel submitted for Prix de Rome consideration in 1901, 1902 & 1903, respectively) and Naxos/HNH (various songs). Here, the choices come down to pretty much the ones included in this set, though some of the more-popular songs where choice was available are entrusted to well-known artists like Gerard Souzay (Don Quichotte), Felicity Palmer and Cecila Bartoli.A 182-page perfect-bound booklet is enclosed that includes all of the sung texts in the original language (French, Hebrew) with English translations (thank you, Decca!). The CDs are individually housed in sturdy cardboard sleeves from which they exit easily, while the outside clam box is extremely sturdy and laminated, with a spine width of only 1-3/4" that saves quite a bit of room on the shelf. Excellent packaging.A wonderful edition at a very reasonable price!5
Ravel: The Complete Edition / ?uvres Compltes

Ravel: The Complete Edition / ?uvres Compltes

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