Contrasts and complementary atmospheres characterise these two choral and symphonic scores which take us on a journey from the origins of Dadaist fantasy to a legendary Greece.
It is a privilege to hear Esa-Pekka Salonen conduct his piece Karawane (2014), in which he engages choir and orchestra in the discovery of the ‘sound poetry’ of Hugo Ball, one of the founders of the ‘Dada’ movement. The hypnotic textures create a soundscape that is lyrical and indeed wild, in the line of Philip Glass or John Adams.
By contrast, Daphnis et Chloé, a work patiently elaborated and often repeated, evokes the magical Hellad of Longus' novel. Bathed in seductive archaism and unreal light, the writing unfolds a sensual enchantment that does not exclude humour and even brutality, as in the famous Dance of the Knights. An emblematic score of French music, in which the choir takes back somewhat, albeit transfigured, the narrative function it encompassed in the time of Aeschylus.