Celibidache/MPO (live, 1987)
Suite No. 1:
Total time: 13:15 – average time for other recordings is 11-12 minutes
Suite No. 2:
Total time: 19:09 – average time for other recordings is 15-16 minutes
- 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
The complete version:
The complete version seems to be what we would hear if we watched the whole ballet, and it’s 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.
There are two. The 1st suite seems to have been pulled out of what Ravel thought was the best music of the first half of his whole ballet. It is somewhere around 11-12 minutes long in most recordings.
The 2nd suite is simply the last 16 minutes of the ballet, unchanged as far as I know. It is often performened without singers, but I prefer it with chorus.
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.