Daphnis and Chloe, which the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Chorus perform under guest conductor Matthias Pintscher through April 10, is perhaps the greatest example of composer Maurice Ravel’s remarkable ear for orchestral sounds, and of the subtlety with which he shades and colors his canvas. Few passages in music are as justiably famous as the opening of Part 3, when the rising sun gently bathes the music in warmth and light. See for yourself in this video filmed April 5, in the first of a four-concert run.
In his review, Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein wrote: “[Pintscher’s] penetrating treatment of Ravel’s score made this Daphnis feel bracingly of a piece. What a pleasure it was to hear the less-familiar first and second parts in musical context!” For the Chicago Classical Review, critic Lawrence A. Johnson observed, “In a work scored for huge forces, Pintscher skillfully paced the 50-minute canvas, judging the ebb and flow deftly and largely avoiding longueurs. This was a boldly projected and brightly colored Daphnis with weighty climaxes and overpowering tuttis, especially with the CSO Chorus lending resplendent support.”
Two more performances remain: 8 p.m. April 7 and 7:30 p.m. April 10. For more information, click here.