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Ravel: Daphnis et Chlo [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

B So Global, Maurice Ravel Audio CD
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  • Composer: Maurice Ravel
  • Audio CD (9 Oct 2004)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B0002TKFHW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Daphnis et Chlo
2. Scene 1
3. Scene 2
4. Scene 3
5. Invocation to the nymphs
6. Entrance of Daphnis and Chlo
7. Dance of the young girls around Daphnis
8. Dorcon's advance to Chlo
9. Daphnis reasserts his love for Chlo. The Dorcon-Daphnis dance contest for a kiss from Chlo
10. Dorcon's grotesque dance
11. The gracious dance of Daphnis
12. The triumph of Daphnis and the ecstatic union with Chlo
13. Entrance of the temptress Lyceion and dance of veils
14. The invasion of the pirates and Daphnis's unsuccessful efforts to save Chlo
15. Invocation to Pan by the nymphs and the prayer of Daphnis
16. Interlude
17. The orgiastic dance of the pirates
18. Bryaxis orders Chlo to be brought forward and to dance
19. Chlo's dance of supplication
20. "Creatures of Pan appear and frighten the pirates, who flee in terror, leaving Chlo alone with a shining crown"
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Ravel recording 11 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
One of the all-time greatest Ravel discs now comes in even superior sound quality. Fifty years after date Munch's 1955 reading remains nothing less than ideal by its drive, its unerring sense of colour and atmosphere; the virtuosic playing of the Boston Symphony is quite simply outstanding. The sound is most impressively rendered by the DSD technology.
A tru gem of the classical catalogue, not to be missed by any serious collector.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Performance (if a bit fuzzy times!) 20 Feb 2012
By Greg M
Format:Audio CD
Fuzziness refers to the sound which is less than the usual stellar re-masterings we are used to from Mercury.
But the performance is well worth the trouble...

50 years down the line this Munch / BSO performance of Daphnis & Chloe remains a classic, and one of the reference renditions of the piece. I cannot say it's definitive in one sense or another but, rather, an excellent all rounder which IMO excels generally.
In this respect, very interesting readings, especially ones with a definite "point of view" can be had: Martinon (Orch de Paris, EMI) or Dutoit (O de Montreal, decca) or even Ansermet, to name a few (there are many others).

Here, the Munch / BSO combo creates an elegant & poetic result; however, it is neither flat, nor clinical, nor politically-correct -- the latter an aspect that drives me up & down the proverbial wall!
Munch does give way to passion and the BSO lets loose dynamic impulses and passionate outbursts that emphasize the subject. Munch's Daphnes & Chloe may have good manners -- but they are certainly far from being sterilised in any sense of the word.

To conclude on a previous thought: this is still the performance many people can rely upon to get introduced to this music. For many it will be their last version of this piece.
For others, this where they will start their journey, to branch out to more personalised readings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Hywel James TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I was curious to discover what this famous recording sounded like in its latest manifestion as a SACD Living Stereo compact disc. I had owned an earlier version of it, on a long-play 12" record, forty years ago. Well the new version is very good indeed. It's a beautifully refined recording; the musicians perform flawlessly throughout and the direction under Charles Munch is dramatic and highly expressive. This "Daphnis and Chloe" was, I think, only the third recording of the complete ballet at that time (1955), with Ernest Ansermet's being the first, in May 1953, and Desire-Emile Inghelbrecht's the second, in 1954.

It would be idle to pretend that nearly 60 years after it was made the RCA recording offers sound that can rival more recent versions of the ballet. The versions under Charles Dutoit, from Montreal in 1980, or Pierre Boulez, with the Berlin Philharmonic, from 1995, are clearly superior in respect of sheer hi-fi. But the Munch has and deserves the status of a classic, and this compact disc is astonishingly good, most especially in terms of musicianship.

If you want to irritate the neighbours with a wall of sound, look elsewhere; if you want Ravel writing at the top of his very considerable game, buy this disc.
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By I. Giles HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This disc presents a recording made in 1955. This famous Ravel recording is one that I have had in my collection for years but in its previous stereo format. Having tested the 'Spain' disc and two Heifetz recordings and been mightily impressed I then upgraded this disc from stereo to SACD.

So far I have heard four such discs and in each case the improvement has been marked with greater internal definition within the orchestra and with better balance within the orchestra. There is also a greater sonic depth from front to back and the whole tonal range is far fuller. All of this benefits such a score as Daphnis to a considerable extent.

The performance itself is, of course, so well known and famously so, that further comment on that score is hardly necessary. However I will comment that this is among the finest performances ever recorded of this work. The main rival to my mind comes from a similar era and is the one by Monteux and the LSO. That too is very well recorded, wonderfully played and also led by a Frenchman with an innate sense of how that piece should go. There is little to choose between these two outstanding recordings which have dominated the catalogue for about 50 years. I have a personal preference for the slightly less fulsome soprano tone on the Monteux disc and, having been taught the trumpet by Denis Clift, the first trumpet of the LSO at the time of this recording, I also have a bias towards his trenchant playing and tonal qualities. As previously stated though, these are personal responses which not all will share.

Whatever other performances collectors may have of this work, I would still strongly suggest that this one by Munch is really worth adding - and so, of course, is the one by Monteux.
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