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Mata: Ravel Bolero, Raspodie Espagnole, Alborada del Gracioso - RCA GL 84438 (DDD)

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RCA (LP)

Jacket VG / LP NM / Italian pressing

This outstanding LP RCA (GL 84438, Italian pressing, yellow, DDD stereo) features Eduardo Mata and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's in a glittering all-Ravel album, sumptuously recorded at Cliff Temple Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas on 27/28 March 1980.

Included are the following:

Bolero

Alborada de gracioso, No. 4 from Miroirs

Rhapsodie espagnole

The Mata/Dallas partnership was a potent one that produced many recordings of real quality – certainly this is among those, very much a musical and audiophile's delight. The sound is opulent well detailed, yet without glare or spotlighting and the Dallas SO play with an elan and panache that are altogether breathtaking – really, this is quite special.

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Wrote the erudite and eloquent critic Victor Carr Jr. for ClassicsToday:


“Eduardo Mata's RCA disc distinguishes itself even among the many fine Ravel recordings currently available. A natural Ravelian, Mata conducts these marvelous scores with affecting passion and unerring stylistic fidelity. What's more, he gets the Dallas Symphony to play with a special sensitivity to the music's peculiarly French nuance, in this case slightly accented by an American brashness that you can hear most prominently in...the punchy brass declamations at the conclusion of Boléro. Mata is particularly attuned to the subtly complex rhythms and pointed accents of Alborada del gracioso and Rapsodie espagnole, but he's no less at home in Ravel's non-"Spanish" music, skillfully balancing the delicate timbres of Le Tombeau de Couperin.”

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