Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields Under Neville Marriner, Bolero

Rod Smith

By Rod Smith

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A little something for the erotomaniacs in the audience.

A dedicated erotomaniac could do far worse than to download eMusic's entire Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) collection. Everything dude touched turned to sex — even the deceptively-titled Ma Mère l'Oye (Mother Goose). Like most of the other works on this all-Ravel romp from Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, that ballet radiates subtle sensuality. While Sir Neville offers a nuanced reading of the notoriously torrid title track — essentially one big, gloriously extended crescendo — its delicacy is strictly relative to lesser, bombast-littered renditions.