RR HDCD BOLERO!, Eiji Oue, Minn. Orch. ~ A Prof. Johnson 24Bit HDCD Recording

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Bolero!

Minnesota Orchestra

Eiji Oue

GRAMMY NOMINEE
The Absolute Sound Super Disc List

Ravel’s BOLERO is the most-recognizable piece of orchestral music ever written. Its hypnotic melodies, rhythms and brilliant orchestral colors have insured its popularity with audiences everywhere. Now “Prof.” Johnson has made the HDCD recording of BOLERO that RR fans have been waiting for, as the finale of a generous program of orchestral showpieces. Included are favorites by Liszt, Brahms, Dvorak, Berlioz, Chabrier — and rarities by Kabalevsky, Deems Taylor, Dinicu, Jarnefelt and — yes — the famous conductor Otto Klemperer!

Notes

This selection is a High Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD) recording.
In BOLERO! ORCHESTRAL FIREWORKS, Eiji Oue, with a sure and sometimes playful hand, leads the Minnesota Orchestra through a delightful program of dazzling symphonic works from the 19th and 20th centuries. Amid a roster of rousing dances that have become classical standards (such as Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F and Ravel's Boléro), Oue has interspersed charming, lesser-known pieces to great effect. Placing Emmanuel Chabrier's appealing Habañera immediately before the Ravel situates the latter piece in a way that reveals Ravel's debt to the composer he so greatly admired. Similarly, the placement of Deems Taylor's "Looking Glass Insects" (from his orchestral
 suite, 'Through the Looking Glass') reminds the listener of the larger narrative context for the insect music that is Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Flight of the Bumblebee," thereby enabling the listener to hear a frequently performed piece with fresh ears. Oue's achievement in this recording lies in not only his programming savvy but in his consistently impassioned and satisfying interpretations of this music. This is a recording that is bound to please.

Works on This Recording

1.
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 15 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Colas Breugnon, Op. 24: Overture by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938/1969; USSR 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Through the Looking Glass: Insects by Joseph Deems Taylor
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
5.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 3 in F major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6.
Hora staccato by Grigoras Dinicu
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Romania 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Schmid 
7.
Praeludium by Armas Järnefelt
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Finland 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
8.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Ballet of the Sylphs by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
9.
Merry Waltz by Otto Klemperer
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 7 Minutes 57 Secs. 
10.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147: no 2 in E minor, Dumka by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1887; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
11.
Les préludes, S 97 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848/1854; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 16 Minutes 59 Secs. 
12.
Habañera by Emmanuel Chabrier
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 

Reviews:

“Warhorses, yes. Routine or boring, no – not under Oue’s baton. Boléro, in particular benefits from the highest possible audio fidelity, and this is it.” –Peter Aczel, THE AUDIO CRITIC

“Fasten your safety belt before playing this recording! Oue’s uncanny feel for style captures one of the greatest performances of ‘Les Preludes’ we’ve had on disc to date. A brilliant example of Romantic poetry in the grand manner.” —Heuwell Tircuit, GRAMOPHONE (Japan)

“One is reminded a little of Ozawa in Boston, for there is an element of refinement underlying the virtuosity. But Oue’s readings have plenty of character.” —Ivan March, GRAMOPHONE

“The recording is breathtakingly vivid.” — David Denton, THE YORKSHIRE POST (U.K.)

GOLDEN EAR AWARD (best of the year): “This program…plays to Oue’s greatest strength — his gifts as a colorist. In each of the 12 works, symphonic textures are beautifully rendered, revealing fully the aptness of their composer’s instrumental choices. Oue’s patient performance of the title track develops insidiously into one of the most effective versions of Ravel’s warhorse I know. The Minnesota Orchestra plays fabulously, with technical brilliance, beauty of tone, and terrific ensemble work. The sound is open, spacious, detailed, with loads of depth and a natural layering of orchestra sections. —Andrew Quint, THE ABSOLUTE SOUND