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Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 - Daphnis et Chloe / Slatkin, Spirito, Lyon National Orchestra

Release Date: 01/13/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573545   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National OrchestraSpirito
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Composed for Sergey Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, Ravel’s ‘symphonie chorégraphique’ Daphnis et Chloé is based on a classical Greco-Roman love story set on the island of Lesbos. He described the work as ‘a vast musical fresco’, and with its extraordinarily passionate music, lush harmonies and orchestration, is considered both his masterpiece and the epitome of Impressionism in music. Orchestrated from the third of his Miroirs for piano, Ravel’s Une barque sur l’océan is an evocative portrayal of the ever-changing moods of the sea. Read more />


This performance and recording comes close to fulfilling all of Ravel’s requirements. Slatkin paces the score admirably, even when he sets a spanking pace for the opening of the pirates’ dance. The orchestra find no difficulties in coping with the articulation of the notes here or in the final dance. I would put this Daphnis high on the list of currently available recordings.

– MusicWeb International

The shimmering orchestration and lush harmonies that epitomize impressionism are lovingly rendered by Slatkin and the French orchestra. While Daphnis et Chloé is most often presented as two suites for orchestra, this performance also includes the atmospheric choral parts, sung by Spirito, a body consisting of the Choruses and Soloists of Lyon and the Britten Chorus. Naxos provides remarkably clear and deep sound, so the finer points of Ravel’s scores are easily heard.

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Works on This Recording

Daphnis et Chloé by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Orchestra,  Spirito
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1912; France 
Miroirs: Une barque sur l'océan by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 

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