RAVEL: DAPH­NIS ET CHLOÉ SUITE NO 2; RAP­SODIE ES­PAG­NOLE; STRAVIN­SKY: CHANT DU ROS­SIG­NOL; L’OISEAU DE FEU SUITE

New York Phil­har­monic Orches­tra/ Lorin Maazel DG Con­certs 477 7175

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

More than 40 years ago, Stravin­sky’s Song of the Nightin­gale and Fire­bird Suite were early suc­cesses in the record­ing ca­reer of Lorin Maazel. Maazel was a con­duct­ing prodigy in the US (he made his début at eight), and took Europe by storm when he was in his late 20s. Th­ese new record­ings, taped at con­certs in the New York Phil­har­monic’s 2006-7 sea­son, show that the con­duc­tor hasn’t lost his touch. Maazel has al­ways been a su­perb tech­ni­cian, with more than a dash of show­man­ship, and he de­lights in the ex­otic colours and tex­tures of two of Stravin­sky’s most vivid scores. The works by Ravel are also finely cal­cu­lated, though by com­par­i­son, a lit­tle on the cool side. www.deutschegram­mophon.com

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