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RE: Woo Hoo! Just what everyone's wanted: a HIP Ravel Daphnis et Chloe!! : )

I heard them perform this in a live broadcast from Maltings, Snape in the early autumn last year.

I don't know about the instruments being only as used at the work's premier though, the BBC announcer just said they were of a type typically used in Paris around the turn of the last century.

The first half of that concert was (I think) Rameau and thus involved a totally different set of instruments. Les Siecles also specialise in current French music ( therefore using modern instruments), so it would be possible to hear them using three distinct sets in a single concert.

Anyway I was intrigued enough to get to see them live at The Royal Festival Hall later in the season. They played a Ravel/Debussy programme including the Ravel piano concerto for left hand ( Jean-Efflam Bavouzet on an early 20th century Erard), Ma Mere L'Oye and Debussy La Mer. The Mother Goose was accompanied by a French animator illustrating it live on stage via an i-pad and projector. Distracting but nevertheless fascinating and so, so French.

I was a little disappointed with the La Mer as it needed more "drive" IMHO. But I loved the fruity old style woodwind. Oh BTW, for Chris, vibrato was used as appropriate.

Anyhow a good concert and enjoyable evening with much Anglo-French entente cordiale.

Edits: 03/10/17

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