ORG Original Recordings Group - ORG105 - 858492002053
180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - 45RPM - Two Disc - Pressed at RTI - London CS-6147
Mastered By Bernie Grundman - 2,500 Numbered Limited Edition
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in Stereophile!
Pierre Monteux's magnificent account of Ravel's ballet Daphnis et Chloe with the London Symphony Orchestra is hands down one of the very best! In addition to Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe (1912), the proficient and classically trained violinist premiered Stravinsky's Petrushka (1911), The Rite of Spring (1913) and Debussy's Jeux (1913)!
On this 180g 45RPM 2LPpressing you'll hear extraordinarily lush harmonies, pointed French phrasing, an absence of sentimentality, and an intuitive feeling for Ravel's meshing of classic-erotic.
A true masterpiece for orchestra!
"Monteux's interpretation fits the piece like a glove. Flowing tempos knit the orchestral fabric together effortlessly into the "choreographic symphony" of the work's subtitle, without stinting on atmosphere or sheer color. The opening is mysterious but not sluggish. Ravel's sunrise reaches a glorious apotheosis, with the choir well-balanced in the mix. The quicker bits have plenty of excitement and glitter." - Classics Today
"From the mysterious, exotic opening of the introduction, Monteux and the LSO capture the lushness and richness of the harmonies with an unbridled sense of French passion. The many different sections are linked through Ravel's subtle and delicate transitions; they achieve a real transparency under Monteux's clear hand... The clarity of the choral singing is excellent -- the frequently subtle changes of pitch, often lost in murkiness in other performances, are gently but clearly emphasized here with taste. Monteux, a violinist by training, compels his LSO string players to play Ravel's harmonics with a real core and edge to the sound, minus the usual French wispiness." - All Music Guide
So I am happy to report that the new Ravel "Daphnis and Chloe" London 45 rpm reissue, conducted by Monteux in a near classic performance, is perfect in every way and is more than outstanding sonically. Grundman gives it a wide, rich soundscape wholly appropriate to the magical reading of Monteux. this one can't be beat. Stereophile
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes!
• Originally released as London CS 6147
• Famous London Records Blueback Series
Ravel Daphnis Et Chloe
London Symphony Orchestra
Pierre Monteux, conductor
Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Douglas Robinson, chorus master
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Daphnis et Chloe (Complete Ballet)