Philippe Jordan

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé; La Valse

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Philippe Jordan's 2015 release on Erato of Maurice Ravel's complete Daphnis et Chloé and La valse is a sonic showcase, performed with brilliance by the Orchestra and Choirs of the Paris National Opera and presented in sumptuous sound. While this is a standard digital recording, the dimensions of the orchestra and the clarity of details are wonderfully realized, and the reproduction comes close to state-of-the-art audiophile quality, because the ensembles have full presence and the sonorities are rich and vibrant. Of course, Daphnis et Chloé is most familiar in the two suites that are frequently performed in concert, but Jordan treats the full ballet with careful pacing and a fine appreciation for its languid moods, and its seductive melodies and lush harmonies are treated with sensitivity and subtlety. La valse is also magnificently rendered, though the music's lushness and elegance conceal a cataclysmic fury that builds to a violent climax, made especially shocking by the superb recording. One can easily enjoy the beauty of this CD, though it is regrettable that these performances weren't issued in the hybrid SACD format, which would have shown them to best advantage.

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