Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

CHSA 5327 (Chandos Records, SACD)

FIRST RELEASE (3 November 2023)

Playing time: 54'09"
Tracks: 14
Booklet pages: 43
℗ 2023 Chandos Records Ltd
© 2023 Chandos Records Ltd
Main country of recording: United Kingdom
Reviewer: Gerald Fenech
Review of Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé published on 23 October 2023

Adam Walker, flute
Sinfonia of London Chorus
Simon Halsey, chorus master
David Clegg, choral consultant
Sinfonia of London
John Mills, leader
John Wilson, conductor

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937):

Daphnis et Chloé - complete ballet

1-8 Première Partie. Une prairie à la lisière d'un bois sacré

9-11 Deuxième Partie. Camp des pirates

12-14 Troisième Partie. Paysage du premier tableau, à la fin de la nuit

John Wilson spent the pandemic lockdowns working on his own performing edition of Ravel's early masterpiece Daphnis et Chloé, correcting innumerable errors in both the parts and the score. The planned recording was further delayed by COVID-19 regulations - choral singing was illegal in the UK for a while! – but here, finally is the first recording to use that new performing edition. Wilson and Sinfonia of London are joined by the Sinfonia of London Chorus – professional singers hand-picked in the same way as the orchestra.

Recorded 7-9 December 2022 at the Church of St Augustine, Kilburn, London, UK.