Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé [Special Edition]
Catalogue Number LSO0696
James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineers
Recorded September - December 2009, Barbican, London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
Audio - 2.0 stereo + 5.0 surround mixes
Total playing time 78m 36s
Region 0, PAL [Please note, PAL may not be compatible in all territories]
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Total playing time 17m
Two discs in jewel case with 20pp booklet
Notes and synopsis in English / en français / auf Deutsch
Nominated for ICMA Award 2012
Discs of the Month ***** / ***** Fono Forum
'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
‘Intoxicatingly accurate playing… Gergiev (reveals) all of Ravel’s wonderful orchestral texture and detail…This is a very balletic performance full of swirling atmosphere and finely pointed up rhythms and colours… One can delight in the sheer beauty of the instrumentation which receives a really light touch from these players who really excel as they add subtle bluesy elements. Gergiev highlights some unusual textures that I hadn’t appreciated before… LSO Live provide a DVD of Gergiev and the orchestra’s performance of Boléro which is finely produced with many close ups of the players. There is excellent picture quality and very good audio. If you’re looking for this repertoire then this is unmissable.’ The Classical Reviewer'Gergiev generates a frisson in everything he conducts ... This Daphnis with the London Symphony Orchestra has everything one could want – atmosphere, languor, superb wind playing. Gergiev generates more high-voltage drama than rival versions.' Financial Times 'Gergiev certainly adds to his laurels with a fantastic conducting job here - bringing out the color and dynamics while highlighting every small detail. With his control of the orchestra he makes every bar a real event.' Audiophile Audition 'The most striking thing about these fine performances is their seductive combination of tonal warmth and sparkling virtuoso finesse ... Gergiev conjures up an intoxicatingly languorous soundworld.'
Classic FM Magazine ‘There is mystery and wonder in almost every bar ... This release is a triumph for Gergiev and the incomparable London Symphony. Bravo!’
American Record Guide 'Those like me who enjoyed this conductor's Romeo & Juliet will not be disappointed with this new recording ... the orchestral detail is impressive throughout ... highly recommended.' Fanfare
London Symphony Orchestra
2011 saw the release of Ravel Daphnis et Chloé, Pavane pour une infante défunte & Boléro on SACD Hybrid. Now, available for the first time internationally, LSO Live present a special bonus edition with the addition of a DVD, containing video concert footage of Valery Gergiev conducting Boléro.
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 although it is essentially an extended tone poem. Luscious orchestral colours run throughout the work, portraying the passion of the two protagonists for each other.
By contrast, Pavane pour une infante défunte, composed whilst Ravel was still a student of Gabriel Fauré, harks back to the simplicity of the eighteenth-century music of Rameau.
Boléro, available in this package on DVD as well as on SACD Hybrid, is one of his final works, and is a fiery showpiece, highlighting the Spanish influences and passion that pervade so many of his works.
[Please note, PAL DVD may not be playable in all territories]
|Performers||London Symphony Orchestra|
1. Daphnis et Chloé: I. Introduction et Danse Religieuse
2. Daphnis et Chloé: II. Les Jeunes Filles Attirent Daphnis
3. Daphnis et Chloé: III. Danse Grotesque de Dorcon
4. Daphnis et Chloé: IV. Danse Légère et Gracieuse de Daphnis
5. Daphnis et Chloé: V. Une Lumière Irréelle Enveloppe le Paysage
6. Daphnis et Chloé: VI. Daphnis Se Prosterne Suppliant - Voix, Très Lointaines
7. Daphnis et Chloé: VII. Danse Suppliante de Chloé
8. Daphnis et Chloé: VIII. Lever Du Jour
9. Daphnis et Chloé: IX. Chloé Réapparaît
10. Daphnis et Chloé: X. Animé - Danse Générale - Danse Finale (Bacchanale)
11. Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte
Disc 2 [DVD]