classical music

Daphnis et Chloé

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

In his final London concert as Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a masterpiece close to his heart.

Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé completes his survey of musical retellings of Greek myths in the Philharmonia's Origin Stories: Greek Myth in Music series.

In this concert, Salonen contrasts works by two French composers who lived two centuries apart, and new music of his own.

Castor and Pollux are twins: one is human, the other immortal. And both are in love with the same woman.

Rameau's suite from his 1737 opera is made up of expressive incidental music and elegant courtly dances.

Salonen's own Gemini consists of two short pieces, 'independent but genetically linked'. He describes Pollux as 'slow and quite dark', whereas Castor is 'extroverted and quite fast'.

The story of Daphnis and Chloé, taken from a second-century novel, is another examination of the trials of love.

Commissioned by Diaghilev for the Ballets Russes, Ravel's ballet music is widely considered his finest masterpiece.

Rich, imaginative orchestral textures transport the listener to a magical world of shepherdesses, goatherds, gods – and pirates.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Philharmonia Voices
chorus to be announced

Repertoire

Rameau: Suite from Castor et Pollux
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Gemini (European premiere)
Interval
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (complete)

Dates & times

10 Jun 2021
Approximate run time: 135 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2020/21 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (13 December 2020), Gaspard’s Foxtrot (20 February 2021), Music of Today: Tyshawn Sorey and Music of Today: Víkingur Ólafsson (25 February 2021) and Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (25 June 2021). Not available on Premium seats.

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