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RAVEL, M.: Daphnis et Chloe / Sheherazade, Ouverture de feerie (Leipzig MDR Radio Choir, Lyon National Orchestra, Markl)

Composer(s):Ravel, Maurice
Artist(s) Leipzig MDR Radio Choir, Choir • Markl, Jun, Conductor • Lyon National Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletOrchestral
Catalogue 8.570992
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Ravel’s masterpiece, Daphnis et Chloé, was composed for the Ballets Russes and premièred in 1912. Ravel described his sumptuous score, for large orchestra, wind machine and wordless chorus, as “a choreographic symphony in three parts…a vast musical fresco…faithful to the Greece of my dreams”. His earliest orchestral work, the “fairy overture” Shéhérazade is all that remains of a planned opera based on The Thousand and One Nights. Ravel conducted the première in 1899, although the score remained unpublished until 1975.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,June 2009

Recording Ravel’s great choreographic opus with its huge dynamic contrasts has traditionally presented a challenge to performers and engineers alike. The work is fraught with problems, and to the artists and Naxos’ credit, this new version ranks high with the best of them.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2009

I am pleased that Naxos have so quickly replaced their previous Daphnis et Chloé with this excellent performance from the very French sounding Lyon orchestra. Over the past four decades it has become something of a showpiece for the sound engineers just as much as the orchestra, with every seductive nuance brought to our attention. I like the unhurried approach of the young conductor, Jun Märkl, which harks back to the incomparable recording from Pierre Monteux. Both give rhythmically subtle and texturally diaphanous readings, Märkl’s First Part looking more to the quiet aspects, the occasional outbursts becoming all the more telling. It has to be said that it in the concert hall it is an uneven work, the dancers



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