Symphonic Concert

Daphnis et Chloé

Orchestre de Paris - Chœur de l’Orchestre de Paris - Lorenzo Viotti - Sabine Devieilhe - Poulenc, Ravel

Sabine DevieilheSabine Devieilhe © Sandrine Expilly
Sabine DevieilheSabine Devieilhe © Sandrine Expilly

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Friday, 11 June 2021 — 8:30pm
Saturday, 12 June 2021 — 8:30pm
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie

Program

  • Francis Poulenc
    Gloria
  • Maurice Ravel
    Daphnis et Chloé (Ballet intégral)

Distribution

  • Orchestre de Paris
  • Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris
  • Lorenzo Viotti, conducting
  • Sabine Devieilhe, soprano
  • Lionel Sow, choirmaster
The sacred meets the secular in this programme bringing together two major works in the French repertoire—the scores that Poulenc and Ravel respectively considered to be their finest.

Among the profusion of sacred scores that followed Poulenc’s pilgrimage to Rocamadour in 1936, Gloria composed in 1961 is one of the most intriguing. Like Monteverdi and Handel before him, Poulenc excerpted the 'Gloria’ from the mass in order to make it into an independent piece, a sort of choral symphony with soprano. It alternates between marbled majesty and a more operatic, almost frivolous spirit as Poulenc, with his characteristic facetious elegance, offers up his praises with almost playful, folksy accents.
Marvellous, epic, sensual and bursting with orchestral gems, the ‘choreographic symphony’ Daphnis and Chloé, based on a Greek novel by Longus, transports us into a fantasy set in Antiquity. From the lovers’ sacred wood to the evocation of the Odyssean dawn, the adolescent dances and the mysterious pirate sea, this incomparable score expresses all of Ravel’s melodic fervour and transparency.

media

Francis Poulenc : Gloria, FP 177 - Patricia Petibon (soprano), Orchestre de Paris, James Conlon (direction)
Maurice Ravel : Daphnis et Chloé, suite d'orchestre no 2 - Shlomo Mintz (violon, direction), Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris
Maurice Ravel : Daphnis et Chloé, suite d'orchestre no 2 - Shlomo Mintz (violon, direction), Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris
Francis Poulenc : Gloria, FP 177 - Patricia Petibon (soprano), Orchestre de Paris, James Conlon (direction)