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RAVEL, M.: Daphnis et Chloe / HOVHANESS, A.: Meditation on Orpheus (Seattle Symphony Chorale and Orchestra, Schwarz)

Composer(s):Hovhaness, AlanRavel, Maurice
Artist(s) Seattle Symphony Chorale, Choir • Schwarz, Gerard, Conductor • Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletOrchestral
Catalogue 8.571211
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Sergey Dyagilev commissioned Ravel to write music for the ballet Daphnis et Chloé with choreography by Michel Fokine: Daphnis was danced by Nijinsky. This ‘choreographic symphony’, in Ravel’s words, is a pastoral romance that drew from the composer a succession of beguiling scenes paying tribute as much to the France of the late eighteenth century as to any Greek setting. The score is masterly, ranging from the luminous to a Bacchanale, in a musical fresco of unrivalled beauty. Alan Hovhaness’s Meditation on Orpheus evokes the mystery and charged energy of ancient Greece.



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