Ravel & Duparc - Aimer et mourir: Danses et melodies | Linn CKD610

Ravel & Duparc - Aimer et mourir: Danses et melodies


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Label: Linn

Cat No: CKD610

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 21st September 2018



September 2018 marks the start of Robin Ticciati’s second season as Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the release of his second recording with his new orchestra. The partnership’s critically acclaimed debut of Debussy and Fauré led MusicWeb International to comment: ‘[this] certainly whets the appetite for future releases from Robin Ticciati with the DSO Berlin.’

This second all-French programme sees Magdalena Kožená return to perform a selection of songs by Henri Duparc alongside orchestral music by his fellow countryman Maurice Ravel. The popular Suite No.2 from Ravel’s epoch-making ballet Daphnis et Chloé showcases Ticciati’s flair for highlighting intricacies of detail and colour; listen as the beautifully descriptive sunrise (Lever du jour) bursts into vivid, multi-hued life. In Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales Ticciati creates a well-paced, yet graceful, Impressionist swirl with clearly defined textures and shimmering orchestral colours.

Duparc’s mélodies, which Ravel himself described as ‘works of genius’, sound particularly opulent in their orchestral scoring; the warm tones of Kožená’s ravishing voice provide a perfect match.

Robin Ticciati is Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie- Orchester Berlin, a post he holds in addition to his role as Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He was recently appointed ‘Sir Colin Davis Fellow of Conducting’ by the Royal Academy of Music.

Magdalena Kožená’s beguiling artistry immediately attracted critical acclaim. Kožená has since matured to become one of the foremost singers of her generation. She records for Deutsche Grammophon.

For 70 years the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO Berlin) has distinguished itself as one of Germany's leading orchestras. The DSO is also in demand worldwide with many award-winning recordings including a 2011 GRAMMY Award.

“...this quite outstanding album works certainly whets the appetite for future releases from Robin Ticciati with the DSO Berlin.” – MusicWeb International

“Robin Ticciati is one of his generation’s top conductors.” – Politiken

“I was won over within seconds…The orchestral playing is superb.” – The Arts Desk

“Magdalena Kožená’s…tone has a glowing inner radiance and access to a seemingly limitless wealth of colours.”
 – BBC Music Magazine



The balance at the start of Daphnis is weighted away from the woodwind towards the lower strings, which awaken somnolently in the depths before rising majestically upwards. The Pantomime’s flute solo unfolds with languid torpor over what feels like near-stasis in the strings, and the Danse générale is all the more exciting for being taken steadily, accumulating momentum as it goes, rather than rushed or scrambled. ... Kožená, in glorious voice throughout, lets Duparc’s vocal lines do the work rather than edging towards declamation. It’s all utterly beguiling. ... It’s a gorgeous disc: do listen to it.  Tim Ashley
Gramophone November 2018
More fancy conjurings from a world in transition fill the conductor Robin Ticciati’s Aimer et mourir, devoted to music by Ravel and Henri Duparc... showcasing Ticciati’s usual care over textures, especially in Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales. The album’s finale is good too: it’s Duparc’s orchestral morsel Aux étoiles, evanescent but twinkling...  Geoff Brown
The Times 21 September 2018

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