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Tonhalle Orchester Zurich - Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works / WCRB: Boston 'CD Of the Week'

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From the imagination and curiosity of the WCRB staff, are our reflections and comments about the music you hear every day on Classical Radio Boston. It's our deep dive and spontaneous revelation beyond-the-broadcast that brings the music alive and has inspired our CD Of the Week.

This week's pick is Ravel's Complete Orchestral Works recorded by the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich released by Deutsche Grammophon. The four album set of Ravel's complete orchestral works and solo concertos, performed by the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich under the baton of Lionel Bringuier is their first collaboration on record. The new set represents something of a rarity in its completeness and in having largely been recorded live. The soloists are pianist Yuja Wang and violinist Ray Chen. The choice of composer was a carefully-considered artistic decision, according to the conductor: "For my first recordings with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich I've opted for Ravel. We all know his Daphnis et Chloé, Boléro and La Valse. A complete cycle allows us to get to know some lesser-known works as well." This is Deutsche Grammophon's first collaboration with the renowned Zurich ensemble.