TUESDAY, November 3, 2020 – 12:02 PM
Daphnis et Chloe, age 37
(First of all, although this whole thing is around an hour long, I’ve listened to it twice all the way through, and I would say it’s a difficult experience. It probably works better with dancers, where there is more to take in. The last 16 minutes or so was later chosen by Ravel for his Suite No. 2, and that’s what I would recommend to focus on. So by all means listen to the complete version, but likely you will want to start at the time stamps I marked. The version without singers is very good, but I prefer it with chorus.)
- piccolo, 2 flutes, alto flute, 2 oboes, 1 cor anglais, Eb clarinet, 2 Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons, contrabassoon
- 4 horns, 4 trumpets in C, 3 trombones, tuba
- timpani., snare drum, castanets, crotales, cymbals, wind machine, bass drum, field drum, tambourine, tam-tam, triangle, celesta, glockenspiel, xylophone
- 2 harps
- Wordless SATB choir offstage.
There is a “Suite” that is very popular, and that is Suite No. 2. But what is the difference between that and this complete version if we start at the right place? To my ear there is none, so I believe Ravel just took what might be called the last 3rd of his score and then presented it as a stand-alone composition. You will hear it in concerts without the chorus, but it’s much more impressive with voices, so here it. All you need is the complete version with a time stamp.
If I have time, this is what I want to hear, but it’s almost four times as long.
This is what I grew up with from a recording. To me this versions is exactly the same thing as the complete version if you start at the right time stamp, about 16 minutes from the end. This has no chorus. This is an excellent performance. In general I’m interested in the complete version, with the chorus, but I’d like to find a better chorus.
Famous for 108 years…
Daphnis et Chloé is a ballet, but most of the time you will hear this as pure music. It’s been extremely popular since it’s premiere.