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.
£9.99 Audio CD
Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Daphnis et Chloé
BERNARD HAITINK conductor JOHN ALLDIS CHOIR
Listen to excerpts below, including the whole of the final track.