Sunday, March 28, 2004


RAVEL: Orchestral pieces
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Jarvi (Telarc CD 80601/ SACD 60601)
By Anthony Holden
The Observer, London (UK), March 28, 2004

Ravel's oh-so-tedious Bolero is the disc I would least like to be marooned with on a desert island. When a really classy orchestra under a conductor as suave as Paavo Jarvi bring it to almost acceptable life, I sit up. When they apply the same lush charms to a piece as pretty as his Pavane pour une infante defunte, I listen further. Throw in the Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloe, La Valse and Five Nursery Rhymes(from Mother Goose), and you have a collection which does Ravel almost more justice than is his due.