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  • Debussy Nocturnes25′
  • Boulanger Psalm 130: Du fond de l’abîme26′
  • Ravel Daphnis et Chloé (complete)50′

Imagine an ancient Greece that never was - a sunlit paradise, where two young people experience adventures beyond the imagination before discovering the greatest adventure of all: love. “I think and feel in sounds” said Maurice Ravel, an impressionist master who made every note glow. And in 1912, when he composed his ballet Daphnis et Chloé, he created a musical world like no other. This is the most ambitious score he ever wrote, using all the sounds and colours of a full symphony orchestra and chorus. The result is breathtaking: a sweeping musical panorama in which you can almost feel the sun on the back of your neck, and hear every drop of dew, every flurry of birdsong and every ray of glittering light. 
It’s the ultimate sonic experience. Daphnis et Chloé was played when they opened Symphony Hall in 1991, and with good reason – it sounds absolutely amazing in there. Full performances are rare occasions, and for this one we’re thrilled to welcome the distinguished French conductor Ludovic Morlot, an artist who truly speaks Ravel’s language. And the concert begins with two more celebrations of the sheer glory of sound: Debussy’s magical Nocturnes, and the roof-raising Psalm 130 by Lili Boulanger, who died at 25 but might have been one of the 20th century’s most powerful voices. The CBSO will be playing these pieces at the BBC Proms, but believe us: they’ll never sound better than in Symphony Hall, right here in Birmingham. 


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