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Daphnis & Chloé, choreographic symphony

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth
1 CD
    • Apple Music

    The arrival of an orchestra like Les Siècles on the harmonia mundi label is entirely logical: ever since it was founded by François-Xavier Roth in 2003, its musicians (mostly belonging to the new generation) have succeeded in placing several centuries of musical creation in perspective by playing the works they tackle on precisely the instruments used at the time of their premiere – without the slightest concession. The result is quite simple dazzling: never, since it was first heard, has Daphnis et Chloé displayed such a shimmering sound, revealing an infinity of details without ever losing sight of the subtle beauty of the most French of the great ‘Ballets Russes’.
    ‘At this moment in the history of music, Ravel raised the French “Impressionist” orchestral style to a sort of apogee – in a sense it is the last great comédie-ballet in the history of French music’ (François-Xavier Roth).

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    MAURICE RAVEL [1875-1937]
    Daphnis et Chloé, symphonie chorégraphique.
    Première Partie

    · Introduction (3'09)
    · Danse religieuse (5'15)
    · Vif - Danse générale (3'10)
    · Danse grotesque de Dorcon - Scène (1'51)
    · Danse légère et gracieuse de Daphnis (2'54)
    · Lent [devant le groupe radieux que forment Daphnis et Chloé enlacés] (1'42)
    · Danse de Lycéion (1'30)
    · Scène [Les Pirates] (1'46)
    · Nocturne [Une lumière irréelle enveloppe le paysage] (1'32)
    · Danse lente et mystérieuse des Nymphes (2'47)
    · Interlude (2'55)
    Deuxième Partie
    · Introduction - Danse guerrière (4'31)
    · Danse suppliante de Chloé (3'37)
    · Lent [Soudain l'atmosphère semble chargée d'éléments insolites] (2'19)
    Troisième Partie
    · Lever du jour - Scène (5'38)
    · Pantomime [Daphnis & Chloé miment l'aventure de Pan et de Syrinx] (1'20)
    · Très lent [Chloé figure par sa danse les accents de la flûte] (2'34)
    · Chloé tombe dans les bras de Daphnis (2'19)
    · Animé - Danse générale (4'00)

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