AVEL: Daphnis and Chloe
Tanglewood Festival Chorus/Boston Symphony Orch/James Levine, cond.
BSO CLASSICS 0801 TT: 54:55
BUY NOW FROM AMAZON

FOSS: For Aaron GANDOLFI: Plain Song, Fantastic Dancse. BOLCOM: Serenata Nottrn a. GOLIJOV: Lullaby and Doina.
Boston Symphony Chamber Players
BSO CLASSIC 1005 TT: 62:03
BUY NOW FROM AMAZON

RAVEL Introduction and Allegro for Harp and Strings. TOMASI: Cinq Danses. DUYTILLEUX: Les Citations. Diptych. DEBUSSY: Sonata for Flte, Violin and Harp. FRANÇAIS: Dixtour.
Boston Symphony Chamber Players
BSO CLASSIC 1102 TT: 76:10
BUY NOW FROM AMAZON

James Levine's troubled tenures with the Boston Symphony is displayed in this superlative live performance of Ravel's complete Daphnis and Chloe October 5 and 6, 2007. It is a virtuoso performance of great sensitivity, a splendid presentation of Ravel's masterpiece. I first listened to this in regular stereo format and was disappointed; the sound was cloudy and much detail was lost. However, the multi-channel version is outstanding. The pickup is rather distant but there is mighty impact in low percussion. This is a premium-priced SACD; why didn't they include more music? Playing time is well less than an hour.

The Boston Symphony Chamber Players began performing in 1964and gives a full schedule of concerts, often with distinguished guests. All principal players of the BSO, each is a master musician, and their recordings are welcome indeed. They have made recordings for a number of labels, and now are featured on BSO CLASSICS. The first disk, called "Plain Song, Fantastic Dances,_ features music by a variety of American composers including the world premiere recording of Gandolfi's Plain Song, Fantastic Dances. The other SACD is more standard repertory, entitled "Profane and Sacred." Of course the performances are impeccable, and the record sound presents the group most realistically. Surprisingly, all of these recordings were made in Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA. High quality here, worth the top-price.

R.E.B. (June 20115)

(NEXT SURROUND SOUND REVIEW)