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Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe, Bolero, Pavane / Gergiev, London SO

Ravel / Lscr / Lso / Gergiev
Release Date: 11/09/2010 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 693  
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Music for the theatre has always formed a central part of Valery Gergiev’s concert repertoire. His recent recordings have included an acclaimed performance of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet and in November LSO Live releases a new recording of Ravel’s score for the ballet Daphnis et Chloé.

Ravel was commissioned by Serge Diaghilev in 1909 to write the music for Daphnis et Chloé. Although he subsequently prepared orchestral suites of the score, the complete work is a magnificent orchestral showpiece in its own right. Ravel described it as a symphonie choréographique and it is essentially an extended tone poem. Luscious orchestral colours run throughout the work, portraying the passion of the two
Read more protagonists for each other. By contrast, Pavane pour une infante défunte, composed by Ravel whilst he was still a student of Gabriel Fauré, harks back to the simplicity of the eighteenth-century music of Rameau. Boléro, one of his final works, highlights the Spanish influences and passion that pervade so many of his works.

R E V I E W S:

Discs of the Month *****/***** - Fono Forum (Germany)

"Supersonic" - Pizzicato (Luxembourg)

"the work [Daphnis and Chloe] is in the orchestra's blood. Valery Gergiev's combination of attention to detail and grasp of long-term architecture allied to a splendid surround sound recording make this a very enticing prospect. The strings sweep and swoon magnificently, the numerous woodwind solos are rarely less than sublime, while the brass manage both statuesque mobility in the panoramic vistas, and bracing punch in the general dances, ably supported by crackling percussion." -- BBC Music Magazine (UK)

‘a performance which carried the listener breathlessly into a dance of entirely spiritual dimensions. Both demanding and obtaining a control over his orchestra which only pianists should reasonably expect from their instruments, Gergiev has always aimed high with the LSO. With this concert, they hit the bullseye’ The Guardian

‘Gergiev must count himself fortunate in having a Rolls-Royce of an orchestra, with a well-nigh infalliable energy ... the sun rose as gloriously as ever, and Gergiev leapt high as dawn swung into the final Danse générale’ The Times

‘The sultry, sensual score of Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe was handled stylishly, Gergiev and the excellent LSO properly holding something in reserve for the magnificent sunrise and exhilarating coda’ The Evening Standard
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Works on This Recording

Daphnis et Chloé by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1912; France 
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 

Featured Sound Samples

Daphnis et Chloé: Chloé réapparaît

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