Maurice Ravel

Daphnis et Chloé (Complete Ballet)

Sinfonia of London Chorus, Sinfonia of London, John Wilson

Barcode: 0095115532720
Release Date: 03/11/2023

Ravel’s early masterpiece, Daphnis et Chloé, was commissioned by Diaghilev for his Ballets Russes, and was premièred in the Théâtre du Châtelet, 1912. The work itself is now much more often performed as a concert work than as a ballet. This recording uses John Wilson’s new performing edition of the work, a project which he took on during the pandemic lockdown in 2020. He writes: ‘The standard performing materials…have long been the subject of much discussion among orchestral players, conductors, and musicologists. Aside from a mass of errors in the 1913 published full score, the orchestral parts contain many hundreds of inconsistencies, omissions, and wrong notes. It became apparent that numerous changes made by Ravel in rehearsals were transferred directly into the parts but not carried over into the full score. I have tried to rationalise such (and other) inconsistencies as best I could to arrive at what is, I hope, a useful practical performing edition in which the parts match the full score in every detail and – crucially, for a work of such complexity – everything is carefully laid out and easy to read.’