Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

This post prompted by Comments left on this review:

RELEASED TODAY, January 28: John Wilson & Sinfonia of London record music by Maurice Ravel for Chandos.

Why fifteen recordings? Because fifteen minutes is the average playing time of Ravel’s Boléro (and I had to stop somewhere). Timings below exclude any preambles and final applause.

Let the Boléros begin…

Piero Coppola/Grand Orchestre Symphonique du Gramophone; January 8, 1930 (supervised by the composer). Timing: 15:30

The composer conducting Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux (also 1930). 15:40.

Orchestre Symphonique de l’I.N.R., Brüssel [sic]/Franz André. 1942/Telefunken. 14:20. [Unable to embed the link.]

Pedro de Freitas Branco/Orchestre du Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; 28 April 1953 for Ducretet-Thomson. 18:30

Celibidache/Danish Radio SO. 1971. 15:50

Celibidache/Munich PO; June 28, 1983 (Celi’s 71st birthday). 17:00

Celibidache/Munich; June 1994. 18:10

Yevgeny Mravinsky/Leningrad Philharmonic. 1952. 17:10.

Hermann Scherchen/Vienna State Opera Orchestra; undated (if mid-fifties) for Westminster. 14:20

Felix Slatkin/Hollywood Bowl SO. 1957. 14:30

Orchestre National de l’ORTF/Jean Martinon. 1972; Royal Albert Hall, London. 13:40.

Orchestre de Paris/Charles Munch. 1968. 17:03.

Philadelphia Orchestra/Klaus Tennstedt. February 1987. 15:35.

Detroit SO/Paul Paray. 1958/Mercury. 13:10.

Berliner Philharmoniker/Pierre Boulez. Early-1990s/DG. 14:55.