Scott Goff (flute), Seattle Symphony and Chorale, Gerard Schwarz (conductor)
Seattle Symphony Collection
This usual but very effective pairing is linked by the ancient Greek themes of the two works. Sergey Dyagilev commissioned Ravel to write music for the ballet Daphnis et Chloe with choreography by Michel Fokine: Daphnis was danced by Nijinsky. This 'choreographic symphony', in Ravel's words, is a pastoral romance that drew from the composer a succession of beguiling scenes paying tribute as much to the France of the late 18th century as to any Greek setting. The score is masterly, ranging from the luminous to a Bacchanale, in a musical fresco of unrivalled beauty. Alan Hovhaness's Meditation on Orpheus evokes the mystery and charged energy of ancient Greece.
Ravel Daphnis et Chloe (complete ballet), Hovhaness Meditation on Orpheus Op 155