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  • Orchestra: Boston Symphony
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Composer: Maurice Ravel
  • Audio CD (September 14, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0002TKFHW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Invocation To The Nymphs
2. Entrance Of Daphnis And Chloe
3. Dance Of The Young Girls Around Daphnis
4. Dorcon's Advance To Chloe
5. Daphnis Reasserts His Love For Chloe/The Dorcon-Daphnis Dance Contest For A Kiss From Chloe
6. Dorcon's Grotesque Dance
7. The Gracious Dance Of Daphnis
8. The Triumph Of Daphnis And The Ecstatic Union With Chloe
9. Entrance Of The Temptress Lyceion And Dance Of Veils
10. The Invasion Of The Pirates And Daphnis's Unsuccessful Efforts To Save Chloe
11. Invocation To Pan By The Nymphs And The Prayer Of Daphnis
12. Interlude
13. The Orgiastic Dance Of The Pirates
14. Bryaxis Orders Chloe To Be Brought Forward And To Dance
15. Chloe's Dance Of Supplication
16. Creatures Of Pan Appear And Frighten The Pirates, Who Flee In Terror, Leaving Chloe Alone With A Shining Crown
17. Sunrise. Daphnis Prostrate At The Grotto Of The Nymphs
18. Daphnis And Chloe Are Reunited
19. Lammon Tells How Pan Saved Chloe In Memory Of His Love For The Nymph Syrinx. Daphnis And Chloe Act Out The Story
20. pan (Daphnis) Fashions A Flute From Some Reeds, On Which He Declares His Love For Syrinx (Chloe)
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It's as if it simply got 'in our ears' that way and so it stays.
W. Chiles
The beautifully balanced sound (always a great asset of these early RCA stereo recordings) is most impressively rendered by the DSD technology.
Marc Haegeman
Ravel is my favorite composer, and Charles Munch has to be my favorite conducter.
J. K. Snyder

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Marc Haegeman on August 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
One of the all-time greatest Ravel discs now comes in even superior sound quality. Fifty years after date, Charles Munch's 1955 reading remains nothing less than ideal by its totally spontaneous drive, its unerring sense of colour and atmosphere, while the virtuosic playing of the Boston Symphony is quite simply outstanding. The beautifully balanced sound (always a great asset of these early RCA stereo recordings) is most impressively rendered by the DSD technology.

A true gem of the classical catalogue, a clear first-choice for Daphnis and Chloe - not to be missed by any serious collector.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By S. Baird on October 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is one of two near-definitive recordings of Daphnis Et Chloe, the other being Ernest Ansermet's on Decca/London. The Munch recording offers a little more elan and a far better sound than Ansermet; ideally the music collector will want both.

Munch's recording is part of the legendary RCA Living Stereo series of recordings that date from the fifties, and this one has always been regarded as one demonstrating state-of-the-art sound. Indeed, many of the original recordings are highly prized by collectors today. This reissue in the new SACD medium offers excellent sound from its recent transfer of the original master tapes, and is available in three-channel sound (as well as conventional stereo) for those who own multi-channel SACD-compatible equipment.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Snyder on September 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ravel is my favorite composer, and Charles Munch has to be my favorite conducter. This interpretation of Daphnis is outstanding, follows the score perfectly as Ravel would have wanted. I was amazed how clean this c.d. sounded, this was my first Living Stereo SACD in my collection along with Reiner's Bartok Concerto for orchestra and Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra, along with Munch's Betthovan Symphonies and Saint-Saens's Organ Symphony. I love how the chorus blends in with the orchestra, but it didn't sound as though it was behind the stage according to the score. The wind machine at the end of Act 1 is amazing. I've listened to samples on other recordings of Daphnis and none can compare to Munch's. Munch's interpretation is full of emotion (especially in the lover's theme), which is required for performing Ravel's masterpiece. I'm happy that I'm finding great old recordings at great prices becuase I'm not impressed with today's orchestras.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Doug - Haydn Fan VINE VOICE on March 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
For many American concert-goers during the 30's, 40's and 50's the Boston Symphony was the Queen of orchestras. Honed to an almost unassailable perfection under the direction of Serge Koussevitsky, the Boston conveyed equal parts unsurpassed beauty of tone, extreme elegance, and uncompromising section work.

When Charles Munch took over he essentially was given the keys to heaven, and with the advent of stereo recording he made a number of recordings capturing the Boston still at near the pinnacle of its perfection.

Without doubt this recording of Ravel's majestic ballet for the Corps Diaghilev captures both the full richness of Ravel's score and the unequalled and unique glamor of the Boston Symphony at its best. One might say the SACD offers a gilding of the lilly, so excellent is the regular issue, but it really goes even further in evoking the faintest whisperings of fragmentary themes with spellbinding - I know its a cliche but it's so right - haunting immediacy.

Too, along with great delicacy Daphnis demands moments of supreme power and driving energy, and Munch always had a capacity for tremendous punch and drive, qualities perhaps best heard in his riveting work in Roussel with a French orchestra Roussel: Symphonies 3 & 4; Bacchus et Ariane, Suite No. 2 or (
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Kaneko on February 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This classic recording should not be missed by any fan of Maurice Ravel's masterpiece, Daphnis et Chloe. A superb performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under conductor Charles Munch. Munch brings out more feeling, more romance, and more beauty out of Daphnis et Chloe - my favorite Ravel work - than any other conductor I have ever heard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Chiles on February 13, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This remains one of the most remarkable and distinguished recordings of the mid-century continuing to hold its own against some outstanding competition. The number of positive reviews attest to its quality as well as the various approaches to Ravel's masterpiece that entertain listeners today. I apply the adjective 'distinguished' to it for three reasons:
* It is the first recording of the COMPLETE ballet score with wordless chorus, championed by conductor Charles Munch, likely against conservative opposition from RCA management;
* It is one of the very first STEREO releases by RCA, recorded in 1954 (Reiner/Chicago's Bartok Concerto for Orchestra and Strauss "Heldenleben" & "Also Sprach Zarathustra" are others) that still sounds attractive to today's ears;
* It is a highly charged approach to the score like no other, performed by a virtuoso orchestra chock full of French musicians imported by prior music director Serge Koussevitsky.

I admit to some middle age bias having been first exposed to this beautiful exciting score by an old mono LP pressing of this very same recording. At a time in America when middle class families believed they should have some classical music in their libraries, whether they listened to them or not, ours had a few that were noteworthy. This one came in a book style jacket with several pages describing the ballet plot, illustrated with lovely pen and ink drawings. I was delighted and surprised to later find that it was recorded in stereo. It became one of my earliest CD purchases when remastered and re-released by RCA in the mid 1980s. Sometimes we favor the recordings from which we first learn a piece. It's as if it simply got 'in our ears' that way and so it stays.
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