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Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe; Hovaness: Meditation on Orpheus / Gerard Schwarz, Seattle SO & Chorus

> Daphnis et Chloe - Part I
> Daphnis et Chloe - Part II
> Daphnis et Chloe - Part III
> Meditation on Orpheus, Op. 155 - Meditation on Orpheus, Op. 155

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Daphnis et Chloé
>Hovhaness, Alan : Meditation on Orpheus, Op. 155
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Sergey Dyagilev commissioned Ravel to write music for the ballet Daphnis et Chloé with choreography by Michel Fokine: Daphnis was danced by Nijinsky. This 'choreographic symphony', in Ravel's words, is a pastoral romance that drew from the composer a succession of beguiling scenes paying tribute as much to the France of the late eighteenth century as to any Greek setting. The score is masterly, ranging from the luminous to a Bacchanale, in a musical fresco of unrivalled beauty. Alan Hovhaness's Meditation on Orpheus evokes the mystery and charged energy of ancient Greece.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
The original Delos issue had the David Diamond Elegy in Memory of Ravel as the filler - very appropriate, and a great piece. It was about 4 minutes shorter than the new filler, the Hovhaness Orpheus piece (which takes 12 minutes). I don't like Orpheus; it's too noisy. But neither piece is available anywhere else, so some readers will be glad to have it. And we must hope that the Diamond piece gets paired with something else on Naxos.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Seattle Center Opera House, USA.


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Works Details

>Ravel, Maurice : Daphnis et Chloé
  • Performer: Scott Goff (Flute)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Chorale
  • Notes: Seattle Center Opera House, USA (09/24/1990/09/25/1990)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1909-1912

>Hovhaness, Alan : Meditation on Orpheus, Op. 155
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Notes: Seattle Center Opera House, USA (1990-06-06_1990-06-07&1990-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957-1958