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Daphnis Et Chloe/Bolero

Maurice Ravel Audio CD

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1. Daphnis Et Chloe: Part I: Intro/Sacred Dance
2. Daphnis Et Chloe: Part I: The Young Girls Attract Daphnis's Attention And Surround Him With Their Dancing/General Dance
3. Daphnis Et Chloe: Part I: Grotesque Dance
4. Daphnis Et Chloe: Part I: Light And Grateful Dance
5. Daphnis Et Chloe: Part I: All Invite Daphnis To Receive The Prize/Lyceion's Dance
6. Daphnis Et Chloe: Part I: The Clash Of Arms Is Heard, Warlike Crys Draw Nearer...Women Cross The Stage, Pursued By Pirates...Mad With Despair, Daphnis Curses The Gods Who Have Failed To Protect The Young Girl, Chloe, And Falls Fainting At The Entrance....
7. Daphnis Et Chloe: Part I: A Strange Light Envelops The Countryside...Slow, Mysterious Dance...The Three Nymphs Invoke The God Pan...Daphnis Bows Down In Supplication. The Light Grows Dim.
8. Daphnis Et Chloe: Part I: Interlude
9. Daphnis Et Chloe: Part II: Bryaxis Calls For The Captured Girl To Be Brought Forward. Chloe, Her Hands Tied Is Dragged In By Two Pirates. Chloe Dances Beseechingly.
10. Daphnis Et Chloe: Part II: Bryaxis Tries To Bear Her Away...But The Pirate Chief Carries Her Off In Triumph...Suddenly The Air Seems Charged With Strange Forces...The Earth Opens Up...The Fearsome Shadow Of Pan Is Silhouetted Against The Mountains...
11. Daphnis Et Chloe: Part III: Daybreak
12. Daphnis Et Chloe: Part III: The Old Shepherd Lammon Explains That, If Pan Has Saved Chloe, It Is In Memory Of The Nymph Syrinx, Once Beloved Of The God. Their Story Is Mimed By Daphnis and Chloe. - Kevin Gowland
13. Daphnis Et Chloe: Part III: Before The Altar Of The Nymphs He Swears Eternal Fidelity Over Two Ewes...Enter A Group Of Girls Dressed As Bacchantes...Daphnis And Chloe Embrace Tenderly...Tumultuous Joy/General Dance
14. Bolero - City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A no brainer Feb. 8 2008
By Balisani - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't think of anyone better suited than Simon Rattle to conduct Ravel's Daphnis & Chloé. Sure, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra does not have the stellar reputation of its counterparts in Vienna, Paris or Berlin, but frankly, each of these symphony orchestras have their fortes, and not so fortes as well...

What matters is how well suited the orchestra's (and the conductor's) fortes are to the compositions, and in this case, Simon Rattle's masterful musicianship and conducting skills are a perfect match.
The only "better" version of Daphnis & Chloé I've ever heard was live, in Paris, with Sir Simon as the guest conductor.

As regards the Bolero, there may be better versions (depending on taste) but this one, unlike Karajan's (the timing of the snare is consistently off, way behind the Berliner's) or Abbado's (classic perfection) catches the ear with its lighter touch, and dare I say 'swing' (listen to it!).

Ultimately, as well it should, it all boils down to Rattle, who stands out among other conductors of his stature, as the one who gets Ravel's colors, and is best suited to translate them with the orchestra, and for a modern audience.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A miss, unfortunately, because of Rattle's caution Dec 8 2010
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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When the young Simon Rattle made this complete Daphnis et Chloe in 1992, I think it must have been the first ever done by a native-born Englishman, a full eighty years after the ballet's premiere in Paris in 1912. Beecham was an eccentric creature for loving all kinds of French music at a time when, to be blunt, most British listeners probably agreed with the crew muttering, "Hate the Frenchies" in Britten's opera billy Budd. Rattle found himself opening up his countryman's ears on quite a few fronts: Stravinsky beyond the three big ballets, Szymanowski, Messiaen, et al. He thrust the musical scene into the international lights far more than any predecessor.

Which makes for a good back story if this had turned out to be a great performance of Daphnis. But Rattle is undramatic and cautious too much of the time, and his young Birmingham musicians, appealing as they are, can't compete with the great orchestras who have recorded the score, including the London Sym. under Monteux, who conducted at the premiere (Decca). Without the stage action to watch, Ravel's music has empty stretches where it treads water. Even in good performances you look at your watch waiting for the next big moment. By approaching the work more intensely than Rattle does, a few conductors hold your attention from beginning to end -- Munch, Abbado, Boulez -- while Monteux succeeds through warm musicality. Rattle is on the warm side certainly compared with boulez, but there's not enough special going on. A miss, I'm afraid.

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