Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sergio Mims: Conductor Kazem Abdullah & the Aachen Symphony Orchestra have a CD of Ravel's Dapne & Chloe on Coviello

Maurice Ravel
Daphnis & Chloe
Sinfonieorchester Aachen
Kazem Abdullah

Sergio A. Mims writes:

Conductor Kazem Adbullah has a new recording with him conducting the 1912 complete ballet score for Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe with the Aachen Symphony Orchestra which he has led since 2012 on the Coviello Classics label

Daphnis and Chloe was commissioned in 1910 by Sergey Diaghilev, head of the Ballets Russes in Paris, one of the most innovative dance companies. Like Ravel, Diaghilev also strived for new aesthetics, therefore it was no surprise that Ravel promised to compose the music for Diaghilev‘s newest ballet. Unfortunately it took a while before the work was seen on stage because Diaghilev and his choreographer had a fight. The Sinfonieorchester Aachen under Kazem Abdullah show us that the music can stand for itself and is indeed one of the masterpieces of Ravel. The Sinfonieorchester Aachen is the concert and opera orchestra of the Theater Aachen. It consists of about 70 musicians and performs about 140 concerts annually. The regular symphony concerts take place in the Eurogress Aachen. Kazen Abdullah has led the ensemble since August 2012. 

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