Jordan, Philippe

Ravel: Daphnis & Chloé, La Valse

CD
4 May 2015

Barcode: 0825646166848

Other participants: Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris

This new recording of Daphnis et Chloé, Ravel’s most sumptuous score, grew from performances of the Classically-inspired ballet at Paris’ Opéra Bastille in Spring 2014: Philippe Jordan, Music Director of the Paris Opéra was conducting a complete ballet for the first time and the choreographer, Benjamin Millepied – known to a wide audience for his work on the Oscar-winning film Black Swan, starring his wife, Natalie Portman – was undertaking his first major project for the Opéra before assuming his new role as its Director of Dance in Autumn 2014. The complete ballet score – which, lasting nearly an hour, is Ravel’s longest work – is less frequently heard. Its lavish forces, which include an exotic selection of percussion (with the wind machine notably prominent) and a wordless offstage chorus, perhaps constitute a reason for the relative rarity of its appearance in the world’s ballet theatres.

"Jordan doesn’t go for easy, fleeting effects, yet succeeds in making the orchestra sound iridescent, evoking the music’s sense of shifting, glittering light. The closing dance is fast and wonderfully taut." (The Guardian)

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Ravel : Daphnis et Chloé, M. 57, Tableau I: I. Introduction  - Philippe Jordan 
02 Ravel : Daphnis et Chloé, M. 57, Tableau I: II. Danse religieuse  - Philippe Jordan 
03 Ravel : Daphnis et Chloé, M. 57, Tableau I: III. Danse des jeunes filles  - Philippe Jordan 
04 Ravel : Daphnis et Chloé, M. 57, Tableau I: IV. Danse grotesque de Dorcon  - Philippe Jordan 
05 Ravel : Daphnis et Chloé, M. 57, Tableau I: V. Danse légére et gracieuse de Daphnis  - Philippe Jordan 
06 Ravel : Daphnis et Chloé, M. 57, Tableau I: VI. Danse de Lyceion  - Philippe Jordan 
07 Ravel : Daphnis et Chloé, M. 57, Tableau I: VII. Bruits d'armes. Enlèvement de Chloé  - Philippe Jordan 
08 Ravel : Daphnis et Chloé, M. 57, Tableau I : VIII. Nocturne. Danse lente et mystérieuse des Nymphes. Apparition de Pan  - Philippe Jordan 
09 Ravel : Daphnis et Chloé, M. 57, Tableau II: IX. Interlude  - Philippe Jordan 
10 Ravel : Daphnis et Chloé, M. 57, Tableau II: X. Au camp de pirates: Danse guerrière. Bryaxis ordonne d'amener la captive  - Philippe Jordan 
11 Ravel : Daphnis et Chloé, M. 57, Tableau II: XI. Danse suppliante de Chloé  - Philippe Jordan 
12 Ravel : Daphnis et Chloé, M. 57, Tableau II: XII. Bryaxis veut l'entraîner  - Philippe Jordan 
13 Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, M. 57, Tableau III: XIII. Lever du jour  - Philippe Jordan 
14 Ravel : Daphnis et Chloé, M. 57, Tableau III: XIV. Pantomime (Les amours de Pan et Syrinx)  - Philippe Jordan 
15 Ravel : Daphnis et Chloé, M. 57, Tableau III: XV. Danse générale (Bacchanale)  - Philippe Jordan 
16 Ravel : La Valse, M. 72  - Philippe Jordan 


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