Alternate Title Britten / Ravel
Country of Origin United States
Description Ravel's "choreographic symphony" Daphnis et Chloé is one of the lushest pieces ever written. The original ballet was danced by Nijinsky and Karsavina in 1912. Nowadays, Daphnis is most often heard as a suite without chorus. Here's a chance to catch this sumptuous orchestral-choral masterpiece in its entirety. Benjamin Britten's pastoral Spring Symphony, with two choruses and three soloists, features poems by Milton, Blake and Auden. Two vocal-symphonic portrayals of nature from opposite sides of the English Channel: Ravel's luxuriant and impressionistic symphony with wordless background voices and Britten's Mahler-esque choral symphony with texts and vocal parts in the foreground.