℗ Originally Recorded 1956. All rights reserved by BMG Music
℗ Originally Recorded 1957. All rights reserved by BMG Music
© 2005 Sony Music Entertainment
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Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Bolero; La Valse; Rapsodie espagnole
Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Images for Orchestra (Gigues; Iberia; Rondes de printemps)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Munch, conductor
Recorded December 5, 1955 ("Bolero" and "La valse"); January 23, 1956 ("Rapsodie espagnole"); and December 16, 1957 ("Images for Orchestra")
Recorded in Symphony Hall, Boston MA
Producer: Richard Mohr
Recording Engineer: Lewis Layton
Mastering Engineer: Mark Donahue
Remastered from first-generation session tapes at Soundmirror Inc., Boston MA
The Ravel sessions were recorded to 2-track quarter-inch tape on an RCA RT-21 tape machine running at 30 inches per second. The Debussy session was recorded to 3-track half-inch tape on an Ampex 300 tape machine running at 15 inches per second.
The historic combination of Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony set the standard in the early days of stereo recording. Their RCA Living Stereo recordings are were well-received in their time and continue to be favorites of music fans and audiophiles. RCA's engineers were able to capitalize on the wonderful acoustics of Boston's Symphony Hall, and produced a long line of stereo spectaculars.
This album features the music of Ravel and Debussy, two of the most masterful Impressionist composers. Munch knew both composers and was very much at home in their music. The superb and sensitive musicians of the BSO were also up to the task.