By L-Acoustics Creations
Daphnis & Chloé is a ballet in one act with three parts by Maurice Ravel which has been described as une symphonie chorégraphique (a choreographic symphony). It was commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev and premiered by the Ballets Russes and, at almost an hour long, is the composer’s longest work. The music, some of the Ravel’s most passionate, is widely regarded as one of his greatest works, with extraordinarily lush harmonies typical of the impressionist movement in music.
The work is performed by Les Siècles, a Paris-based orchestra which plays each repertoire on appropriate period instruments. For this recording, the orchestra uses French instruments from the early 20th century, recreating the sound and the colors of the orchestra that premiered the piece in 1912 in the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Les Siècles was founded in 2003 by François-Xavier Roth, one of today’s most charismatic and enterprising conductors. Born in Paris in 1971, Roth works with leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic and Staatskapelle, Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw, Boston Symphony and Zurich Tonhalle, as well as conducting Cologne’s Gürzenich Orchestra and Opera. He assumed the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2017-18 season.