08 September, 2010

RCA Living Stereo: Ravel (Munch) - Daphnis Et Chloe (1955) (eac-log-cover)

RCA Living Stereo: Ravel - Daphnis Et Chloe (1955)
Charles Munch, BSO
classical | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 290MB
RCA | SACD | rel.: 2004 | rar +5% recovery
I may be alone in preferring Charles Munch's later recording of Daphnis, from the 1960s, to this classic 1955 version. The remake (last available on Japanese RCA) has even better playing, as well as more modern sound--not that this disc is all that much inferior. In fact, it's still a terrific feat of audio engineering, and Munch's interpretation is just as powerful and committed (and perhaps a bit swifter in the Bacchanal) as it would be later. Given the unavailability of his second effort, you certainly can purchase this with total confidence, and the two-channel SACD brings a touch more vividness to what already was a very fine remastering job. Let's face it: Munch was well nigh unbeatable in this music, and there's no point in quibbling over tiny details. If you don't have this, then by all means don't hesitate. If you do own it, I don't think this latest remastering offers enough obvious differences to warrant trading in the previous release.

Composer: Maurice Ravel
Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Chorus, New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus
Rec: 1955
Venue: Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts
54 Minutes 29 Secs.


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