Les Siècles launch a concert serie revealing on period instruments the Ravel’s complete orchestral works : Daphnis et Chloé, Ma Mère l’Oye, Shéhérazade…

François-Xavier ROTH presents the project DAPHNIS & CHLOE

Marion RALINCOURT, solo flute of Les Siècles speaks about her instruments in Ravel's music

Les Siècles offer a full overview of the Maurice Ravel’s works in the light of the main artistic movements which inspired him.

The orchestra opens this cycle with Daphnis et Chloé, a choreographic symphony which can be performed with or without the chorus. Daphnis et Chloé has been described as his masterpiece for orchestra; some of the lushest, most passionate and overtly erotic ever written. Ravel began work on the score in 1909. It was premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris by the Ballets Russes on 8 June 1912.

The Orchestra proposes in 2016 to hear this composition accompanied by Daphnis et Eglé. The Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera takes the form of a ‘pastorale héroïque’ in one act. The opera was planned as part of the court of King Louis XV’s entertainments at Fontainebleau. The opera was the first which Rameau composed after the outbreak of the ‘Querelle des Bouffons’ and some of the music shows Italian influence.

What links them is the languid eroticism and startling brutality of the Greek myths, and music of virile intensity, energy and grace from two masters of the orchestra.

Les Siècles use for this program two different instrumentarium : the baroque instruments for Rameau and the French instruments date from the early 20th century.

This work will then be heard in the light of L’Oiseau de Feu of Igor Stravinsky.


Tuesday, March 22nd 2016, 8.30pm
Antony, Espace Vasarely
RAMEAU, Daphnis & Eglé
RAVEL, Daphnis & Chloé

Thursday, March 24th 2016, 8.30pm
Amiens, Maison de la Culture
RIMSKI-KORSAKOV, Shéhérazade – Extracts
RAVEL, Shéhérazade – Extracts

Friday, April 23nd 2016, 8.30pm
Soissons, Cité de la Musique et de la Danse
STRAVINSKY, The Firebird
RAVEL, Daphnis & Chloé

Monday, April 25th 2016, 8.30pm
Hambourg, Elb Philharmonie
STRAVINSKY, The Firebird
RAVEL, Daphnis & Chloé

Thursday, May 26th, 8.45pm
Compiègne, Théâtre Impérial
RAVEL, Daphnis & Chloé
RAVEL, Ma Mère l’Oye

Friday, May 27th, 8.30pm
Sénart, Scène Nationale
RAVEL, Daphnis & Chloé
RAVEL, Ma Mère l’Oye

Sunday, May 29th 2016, 4.30pm
Paris, Philharmonie 1
RAVEL, Daphnis & Chloé
RAVEL, Ma Mère l’Oye

Monday, May 30th 2016, 11.00am (educational concert)
(Paris, Philharmonie 1
RAVEL, Ma mère l’Oye
RAVEL, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges

Saturday, June 11th 2016, 20.00pm
Aldeburgh, Snape Malting Concert Hall
RAMEAU, Daphnis et Eglé (extracts)
RAVEL, Daphnis et Chloé