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LS 0693

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe/ Bolero/Pavane

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2010

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2010


London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev


Barbican Centre, London


James Mallinson


Jonathan Stokes

(Daphnis et Chloé)

Neil Hutchinson

(Pavane pour une infante défunte, Boléro)

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 78:35
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Daphnis et Chloe (1909-11)

1 Introduction et Danse Religieuse 7:56
2 Les jeunes filles attirent Daphnis - Danse Generale 3:35
3 Danse grotesque de Dorcon 1:46
4 Danse légère et gracieuse de Daphnis - Lycenion danse - Les pirates 7:56
5 Une lumière irréelle enveloppe le paysage - Danse lente et mystérieuse 5:18
6 Daphnis se prosterne suppliant. Voix, très lointaines - Animé et très rude (Danse guerrière) - Bryaxis ordonne d'amener la captive 7:11
7 Danse suppliante de Chloè - Bryaxis veut l'entraîner - L'ombre de Pån apparaît 6:03
8 Lever du jour - Daphnis cherche pour Chloé et il rêve d'elle - Daphnis et Chloé miment l'aventure de Pan et de Syrinx 7:10
9 Chloé réapparaît 4:47
10 Animé (Entre un groupe de jeunes filles costumées en bacchantes) - Danse Générale - Danse de Daphnis et Chloé - Danse de Dorcon - Danse finale (Bacchanale) 4:07

Pavane pour une infante defunte (1899, orch 1910)


Bolero (1928)


Music composed for the theatre has always formed a major part of Valery Gergiev’s concert repertoire and his recent recordings have included an acclaimed performance of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet. The LSO have now released an new recording of Ravel’s score for the ballet Daphnis et Chloe.

Ravel was commissioned by Serge Diaghilev in 1909 to write the music for Daphnis et Chloe. Although he subsequently prepared orchestral suites of the score, the complete work is a magnificent orchestral showpiece in its own right. Ravel described it as a symphonie choregraphique although it is essentially an extended tone poem. Luscious orchestral colours run throughout the work, portraying the passion of the two protagonists for each other.

By contrast. Pavane pour une infante defunte, composed whilst Ravel was still a student of Gabriel Faure, harks back to the simplicity of the eighteenth-century music of Rameau. Bolero, one of his final works, highlights the Spanish influences and passion that pervade so many of his works,

"...This release is a triumph for Gergiev and the incomparable London Symphony. Bravo!"

Brian Buerkle - American Record Guide  March/April 2011



"Gergiev generates a frisson in everything he conducts ... This Daphnis with the London Symphony orchestra has everything one could want - atmosphere, languor, superb wind playing. Gergiev generates more high-voltage drama than rival versions."

The Financial Times

                           Disc of the Month                    

  Repertoire   *****        Sound *****


Michael Kube

Fono Forum - February 2011

Performance ****      Recording *****

 "...this work is in the orchestra’s blood ... delivered with devastating panache."

Christopher Dingle

BBC Music Magazine - Christmas - 2010

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