RAVEL: Alyssa. Alcyone. Myrrha. L'Aurore. La Nuit. Les Bayadères. Matinée de Provence. Tout est lumière.
Veronique Gens, Vannina Santoni, Clarisse Dalles, sopranos. Sophie Koch, Janina Baechle, mezzo-sopranos. Julien Behr, Michael Spyres, Mathys Lagier, tenors. Jacques Imbrailo, baritone. Choeur de l'ONPL. Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire / Pascal Rophé, cond.
BIS 2582 (2 disks) TT: 102:11

STRAUSS: Metamorphosen. SCHREKER: Intermezzo, Op. 8. KORNGOLD: Symphonic Serenade, Op. 39.
Sinfonia of London / John Wilson, cond.

MENDELSSOHN: Variations concertantes, Op. 17. DEBUSSY: La plus que lente. SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto, Op. 129. MARTINU: Variations on a Slovakian Theme. KODALY: Magyar Rondo. BAROK: 1st Rhapsody.
Miklós Perényi, cello. Denes Varjon, piano. Concerto Budapest / András Keller, cond.
TACET SACD S 208 TT:76:51

Until 1968. the Grand Prix de Roma marked the zenith and the ultimate objective of composition studies at the Paris Conservatory. This unique recording features music a young Ravel wrote for the event 1900 - 1905. Detailed program notes by Gerard Condé give information about this major competition and Ravel's participation. Music he wrote for it, listed above here is performed by a first-class group of soloists. The recording was made in Fance 2020-2021, and the audio is up to BIS's usual high standard. This is a luxurious production n coping of w with nocontinuthe Sinfonia of LonWilsona 72-page booklet with detailed program information and complete texts and translatons. This is a unique addition to the Ravel discography.

John Wilson's series of recordings with the virtuoso Sinfonia of London by continues with this feast of string sonorities. This site has praised many previous releases, particularly a Korngold SACD (REVIEW), and Respighi;s Roman Trilogy (REVIEW). This latest recording features music for strings. Strauss's Metamorphosen, originally composed for seven solo strings, is one of his most somber works. It has been recorded many times by leading conductors; this new one is among the best particularly because of its crystal clear sound. We also have the works of Schreker and Korngold for strings. but this new version has the advantage of The recordings were made August 2-21 in the warm acoustics of London's Church of St. Augustine. A rewarding issue!

Tacet here offers a delightful disk of music for cello played by Miklos Perenyi. In the works by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Martinu and Kodaly he is assisted by pianist Denes Varjon. The ensemble Concerto Budapest directed by Anaras Keller is featured in the Schumann concerto.

R.E.B.(June 2022)