Hugh Wolff's disc is subtler but no less well recorded. Le tombeau de Couperin is distinguished by a bubbly "Prelude", a delectable "Forlane" (the wind-topped trio provides a model of stylish phrasing), and a rumbustious "Rigaudon", while the delicate Danse - a Debussy piano original served in Ravel's translucent orchestration - keeps up the pace without losing breath.
Wolff also offers us the Debussy/ Ravel Sarabande, a cool-headed Pavane pour une infante defunte and Ma mere l'oye - not the suite, but the full "ballet version", complete with four colourful interludes. Ravel wrote nothing finer and Wolff's performance, though not quite in the Monteux class formagic, unfolds with disarming simplicity and impressive textural clarity.
Other "Ultimas" worth noting include symphonies by Mozart and Haydn and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis - all of them digital recordings, and all conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.Reuse content