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Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloé / Myung-whun Chung, Et Al


Release Date: 09/12/2006 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 4775706   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Orchestre PhilharmoniqueRadio France Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews


It has been a while since we've seen a new recording of Ravel's masterpiece, which isn't surprising. Despite its popularity and luscious orchestral sonority, Daphnis et Chloé poses formidable logistical and technical difficulties in both performance and recording (very large, virtuoso orchestra plus wordless chorus). All of the great French conductors, and many others besides, have left their stamp on the piece, starting with Pierre Monteux's stereo version for Decca and continuing with the likes of Ansermet, Martinon, Munch (twice), and Boulez (also twice).


Deutsche Grammophon has a full catalog of Daphnises, including Ozawa/Boston (excellent), Boulez/Berlin
Read more (outstanding), and Levine/Vienna (a dud). Despite the proliferation of orchestras, and small labels willing to record them, new releases tend to be rare, and that's a good thing. This isn't the sort of work you want to hear performed on the cheap by the Kazakhstan Philharmonic under flavor-of-the-month pretty boy conductor Nazgül Snezhek-Yéggun. Like a good chocolate truffle, if it isn't richly decadent and luxurious, it's just not worth the calories at any price.


This new recording certainly belongs among the great ones. It has everything: beautiful playing, gorgeous sonics, and a real feel for the ballet's magical atmosphere. Chung gauges all of Ravel's special effects--such as the wordless chorus, harp and string glissandos, tinkling percussion, and wind machine--to perfection, with unerring timing, ideal balances, and just plain good taste. His conducting has amazing fluidity, right from the very opening. The way he handles the transition from the first grand climax into the slightly more propulsive "Religious Dance" offers a lesson in how this music should move.


The first General Dance, Dorcon's Grotesque Danse, the final Bacchanal, and above all the War Dance, are all incredibly exciting. There's genuine terror in the apparition of Pan, and the ensuing sunrise is as evocative and rapturous as any on disc, but never static. Without slighting the music's symphonic credentials, Chung reminds us that this is, after all, a ballet, a theatrical play of color and rhythm that tells a story. It's his ability to preserve the work's sense of unfolding narrative, combined with the lithe and supple playing of the orchestra, that makes this performance so outstanding--and worth owning even if you think you've heard it all. [9/18/2006]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Daphnis et Chloé by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Orchestre Philharmonique,  Radio France Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1912; France 
Date of Recording: 11/2004 
Venue:  Olivier Messiaen Hall, Radio France 
Length: 55 Minutes 25 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Première partie: Invocation des Nymphes. Entrée de Daphnis et de Chloé
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Première partie: Danse des Jeunes Filles autour de Daphnis
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Première partie: Le désir de Dorcon pour Chloé
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Première partie: Daphnis réaffirme son amour pour Chloé. La compétition de Dorcon et Daphnis pour un baiser de Chloé
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Première partie: Danse grotesque de Dorcon
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Première partie: Danse légère et gracieuse de Daphnis
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Première partie: Le triomphe de Daphnis et l'union extatique avec Chloé
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Première partie: Tentative de séduction du Lycéion et danse des voiles
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Première partie: Invasion des Pirates et les efforts sans succès de Daphnis pour sauver Chloé
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Première partie: Invocation à Pan par les Nymphes
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Deuxième partie: Interlude / Interlude
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Deuxième partie: Danse guerrière des Pirates
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Deuxième partie: Bryaxis ordonne d'amener la captive
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Deuxième partie: Danse suppliante de Chloé
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Deuxième partie: L'atmosphère se charge d'éléments insolites. Entrée des chèvres-pieds. La terre s'entrouvre
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Troisième partie: Lever de Soleil, Daphnis prostré devant la grotte de Nymphes
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Troisième partie: Daphnis et Chloé sont réunis
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Troisième partie: Dapnis et Chloé miment l'aventure de Pan et de Syrinx
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Troisième partie: Abandonnant leurs rôles, les amoureux s'embrassent et s'agenouillent devant l'autel des Nymphes
Daphnis et Chloé - Ballet / Troisième partie: Entrée des jeunes filles et des jeunes gens, agitant des tambourins. Un joyeux tumulte domine en l'honneur du triomphe des amoureux

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