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Ravel – Daphnis et Chloé

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1850 SACD
Release date2015-02-01
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time63:27

Orchestral Choice, BBC Music Magazine
10/10, Classics Today France
Disco excepcional, Scherzo

When Maurice Ravel in 1909 was commissioned by the ballet impresario Serge Diaghilev to write a score based on the ancient Greek novel Daphnis and Chloe, he decided to compose 'a huge musical fresco, concerned less with archaism than with faithfulness to the Greece of my dreams'. Three years later, when Daphnis et Chloé was first performed by the Ballets Russes, it had indeed grown into Ravel’s longest work, playing for about an hour and requiring a large orchestra with an extended percussion section, not to mention a choir. The first production was fraught with difficulties and the première in Paris was less than successful. It was only the following year, in London, that the composer received proper recognition for his music, which Stravinsky later described as 'not only Ravel’s best work, but one of the most beautiful products of all French music'. Ravel himself labelled it a ‘choreographic symphony’, and although he did extract two suites from it, the complete ballet score has also entered the concert repertoire. It is here performed by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, a team with the best possible credentials for realizing the full spectrum of this sumptuous music – from the idyllic evocation of dawn in Lever du jour to the orgiastic Danse générale which closes the work. If Daphnis et Chloé is one of Ravel’s most highly regarded works, his Pavane pour une infante défunte is one of the most popular. The brief piano piece from 1899 was orchestrated by the composer in 1910, while he was working on Daphnis. Its profound melancholy has caught the imagination of listeners ever since, in combination with the poetic title – which was only chosen because of its agreeable sound, however: Ravel never had a particular dead princess in mind, and finding many interpretations too sluggish, famously remarked that the piece was not, after all, ‘a dead pavane for an infanta’.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Ravel, Maurice
  Daphnis et Chloé (complete ballet) (1909–12) 56:34
01 1. Introduction. Lent – Très modéré 03:03 $ 0.73 USD
02 2. Danse religieuse. Modéré 05:28 $ 1.31 USD
03 3. Danse des jeunes filles. Vif 02:42 $ 0.65 USD
04 4. Danse grotesque de Dorcon. Vif – Plus modéré –
Trés modéré – Pesant
02:48 $ 0.67 USD
05 5. Danse légère et gracieuse de Daphnis. Assez lent –
Animé – Vif
03:57 $ 0.95 USD
06 6. Lyceion entre. Lent – moins lent – Très libre 04:04 $ 0.98 USD
07 7. Nocturne 05:08 $ 1.23 USD
08 8. Interlude 02:33 $ 0.61 USD
09 9. Danse guerrière 04:33 $ 1.09 USD
10 10. Danse suppliante de Chloé 06:06 $ 1.46 USD
11 11. Lever du jour 05:37 $ 1.35 USD
12 12. Pantomime 06:07 $ 1.47 USD
13 13. Danse générale 04:28 $ 1.07 USD
14 Pavane pour une infante défunte (1899, orch. 1910) 05:58 $ 1.43 USD
  Album total 63:27
ComposerRavel, Maurice
ConductorNézet-Séguin, Yannick
OrchestraRotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
ChoirNetherlands Radio Choir

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