CD release March 2012: Ravel – Daphnis and Chloe
The new CD on the LPO Label is from the BBC archive – a concert broadcast in 1979 with conductor Bernard Haitink. Maurice Ravel, a notorious perfectionist, considered his 1912 ballet score Daphnis et Chloé his most important work, describing it as a ‘choreographic symphony’. Based on a pastoral drama by the Greek poet Longus, the story tells of the love between a goatherd and a shepherdess. In this live 1979 recording, Bernard Haitink conjures a sensuous and atmospheric performance from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and John Alldis Choir.
Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé
Bernard Haitink: conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
John Alldis Choir
Recorded by BBC Radio 3, 6 November 1979, at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall