Fritz  Reiner - Ravel & Debussy  (RCA Gold Seal 60179)
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Fritz  Reiner - Ravel & Debussy  (RCA Gold Seal 60179)
C1869. FRITZ REINER Cond.Chicago Orch.: Rapsodie espagnole; Valses nobles et sentimentales; Alborada del gracioso (all Ravel); Ibéria (Debussy). RCA Gold Seal 60179, recorded 1956-57. [One of the most popular in the entire series of Living Stereo Reiner/Chicago recordings!] Final Copy! - 09026017928

CRITIC REVIEW:

“The opening of Rapsodie Espagnole is of hushed expectancy, a hazardous professional challenge in which each instrument emerges alone and exposed. Not only does this piece serve to prove the uniform excellence of each Chicago Symphony player, but Reiner preserves the musical integrity by refusing to turn the piece into a series of star turns. Rather, his selfless approach lets us revel in the full glory of Ravel's masterful orchestration, refulgent with ever-shifting aural colors. In the Pavane for a Dead Princess the simplicity of this piece is deceptive, melding a wistful dirge with a subtle undercurrent of constant movement. Often dismissed as a pleasant trifle, the Pavane rises to the heights of musical poetry by contrasting an ineffably sad stylized surface with irrepressible glimmers of vitality, an exquisitely soft reflection on ritual as a means to smooth and socialize the shock of personal loss. Here, Reiner is more inflected than usual, magnificently reflecting the richness of Ravel's complex consideration of the necessity for life even during the observance of death. It's a stunning, if brief, musical moment, filled with far greater depth than many ostensibly more complex artists accord it.”

- Peter Gutmann, Classical Notes