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Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloé / Pierre Monteux, London Symphony


Release Date: 04/11/2006 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000624802   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pierre Monteux conducted the premiere of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, and thank God he lived long enough to record it in very good, if slightly faded, stereo. In the late-1950s/early-1960s the LSO was not the band that it would later become under conductors such as Kertesz and Previn, and its playing in the Rapsodie and Pavane really is nothing special; but Daphnis is something else again--one of those recordings where everything went right. Monteux's interpretation fits the piece like a glove. Flowing tempos knit the orchestral fabric together effortlessly into the "choreographic symphony" of the work's subtitle, without stinting on atmosphere or sheer color. The opening is mysterious but not sluggish. Ravel's sunrise reaches a glorious Read more apotheosis, with the choir well-balanced in the mix. The quicker bits have plenty of excitement and glitter. By itself, Daphnis rates a 10 for artistic quality; the less-than-special couplings bring the rating down a notch, but think of them as a bonus. They are never less than good, and the remastered sound is just fine--not better than previously, but perfectly enjoyable as it stands.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Daphnis et Chloé by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1912; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1959 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 52 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1961 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 15 Minutes 29 Secs. 
3.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1961 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1910 

Sound Samples

Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet en 3 parties (complete) - Première partie: Introduction et danse religieuse
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet en 3 parties (complete) - Première partie: Scène - Danse générale
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet en 3 parties (complete) - Première partie: Danse grotesque de Dorcon - Scène
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet en 3 parties (complete) - Première partie: Danse légère et gracieuse de Daphnis
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet en 3 parties (complete) - Première partie: Scène - Danse de Lyceion - Scène (Les pirates)
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet en 3 parties (complete) - Première partie: Scène - Danse lente et mystérieuse
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet en 3 parties (complete) - Deuxième partie: Introduction
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet en 3 parties (complete) - Deuxième partie: Danse guerrière
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet en 3 parties (complete) - Deuxième partie: Scène - Danse suppliante de Chloé
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet en 3 parties (complete) - Troisième partie: Lever du jour - Scène
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet en 3 parties (complete) - Troisième partie: Daphnis et Chloé miment l'aventure de Pan et Syrinx
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet en 3 parties (complete) - Troisième partie: Danse générale
Rapsodie espagnole: 1. Prélude à la nuit
Rapsodie espagnole: 2. Malagueña
Rapsodie espagnole: 3. Habanera
Rapsodie espagnole: 4. Feria
Pavane pour une infante défunte

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A Magical Daphnis Disc November 25, 2011 By Christian Withers (San Antonio, TX) See All My Reviews "I'm one of those fanatics who has owned or heard dozens of recordings of this piece, so hopefully that at least qualifies me to write this review! Regardless of age, this is definitely one of the best, both in performance and sound quality. A great performance shouldn't come as a surprise, since Monteux premiered this work in 1912. The surprise is how great the recording sounds, being over 50 years old! If you must have a digital recording, try Petitgirard on Naxos or Boulez on DG, which are both excellent in every way. Another of my favorite analog recordings is conducted by Martinon, now available in a 3-disc set of Ravel's orchestral works. You can hear details that are inaudible in most others. But there's something special in the Monteux that makes it unique and indispensable. It's hard to explain except with subjective terms like "magical"! " Report Abuse
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