• Maurice Ravel, Henri Duparc


    Robin Ticciati, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Magdalena Kožená

    Linn Records

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September 2018 marks the start of Robin Ticciati’s second season as Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the release of his second recording with his new orchestra. The partnership’s critically acclaimed debut of Debussy and Fauré led MusicWeb International to comment: '[this] certainly whets the appetite for future releases from Robin Ticciati with the DSO Berlin.' This second all-French programme sees Magdalena Kožená return to perform a selection of songs by Henri Duparc alongside orchestral music by his fellow countryman Maurice Ravel. The popular Suite No. 2 from Ravel’s epoch-making ballet Daphnis et Chloé showcases Ticciati’s flair for highlighting intricacies of detail and colour; listen as the beautifully descriptive sunrise ('Lever du jour') bursts into vivid, multi-hued life. In Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales Ticciati creates a well-paced, yet graceful, Impressionist swirl with clearly defined textures and shimmering orchestral colours. Duparc’s mélodies, which Ravel himself described as 'works of genius', sound particularly opulent in their orchestral scoring; the warm tones of Kožená’s ravishing voice provide a perfect match.

Le choix de France Musique award

"4* - The album’s finale is good too: it’s Duparc’s orchestral morsel Aux étoiles, evanescent but twinkling..."
The Times, 21 September 2018
"Editor's Choice: ...the balance and clarity [Ticciati] achieves throughout is something to marvel at..."
Presto Classical, 30 September 2018
"5* - ...the real gems of this album are the mélodies by Duparc, which Kožená sings with passion, warmth, and luscious tone...Highly recommended."
All Music, 19 November 2018
"This enchanting depiction from Ticciati is as beautiful as it is compelling...Ticciati presides over fresh and polished playing from his Berlin players...This is deliciously seductive singing from Kožená."
MusicWeb International, 4 October 2018
"Robin Ticciati and his orchestra bring out Ravel's colours with precision and vibrancy in a far from routine performance."
BBC Music Magazine, November 2018
"Editor's Choice: This is another excellent performance...It’s a gorgeous disc: do listen to it."
Gramophone, November 2018
"It glows with warmth and glitters with detail...[a] rather beautiful and imaginatively drawn programme."
BBC Radio 3 'Record Review', 6 October 2018
"Sound Quality 85%: ...his spacious and exciting version I rate as at the level of the classic Cantelli and Karajan versions."
Hi-Fi News, 19 November 2018
"It’s like being invited out of oneself into a different universe for an hour. And that’s just from a programming point of view. Add the performances, and one will be transported indeed!"
American Record Guide
"Kožena and Ticciati, while taking a lusher, operatic approach, rival the great recording of three of these songs made in 1977 by Janet Baker with the London Symphony Orchestra under André Previn. That is high praise...In every way, this is a superb production."
"...a glowing and limpidly recorded account unfolds, awash with colors and rich in balletic grace and musical complexity...Ticciati’s performance here is a joy."