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    JAMES LEVINE & BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S RECORDING OF RAVEL’S DAPHNIS ET CHLOÉ WINS GRAMMY AWARD

     
       JANUARY 31, 2010

    JAMES LEVINE AND THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S RECORDING OF RAVEL’S  DAPHNIS ET CHLOÉ WINS GRAMMY AWARD FOR BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE

    FIRST BSO GRAMMY AWARD ON BSO CLASSICS LABEL

    VIDEO OF THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMING RAVEL’S DAPHNIS ET CHLOÉ SUITE NO. 2 AVAILABLE BELOW

    James Levine and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloé, featuring the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor, the Grammy Award in the category of Orchestral Performance at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards on January 31, 2010. This is the first Grammy Award for the orchestra on its own label, BSO Classics. Daphnis  et Chloé was produced by Elizabeth Ostrow, with recording engineers John Newton and Jesse Lewis. Dirk Sobotka served as editing engineer and Mark Donahue was mixing and mastering engineer. All engineers on this project are with Soundmirror in Boston, MA. The Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of James Levine, will perform Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé at Carnegie Hall on Monday, February 1 at 8 p.m.

    Cover art for Daphnis et Chloé is available in the BSO’s online press kit at www.bso.org/presskit.

    James Levine and the Boston Symphony perform Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2



    Daphnis et Chloé
    On February 19, 2009, the Boston Symphony Orchestra released Ravel’s complete Daphnis and Chloé, along with Brahms’s A German Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, William Bolcom’s Eighth Symphony, and Bolcom’s Lyric Concerto for flute and orchestra—its first major recordings with Music Director James Levine, available on the orchestra’s own BSO Classics label through its website at bso.org. The releases featuring James Levine and the BSO were drawn from recordings made during live performances at Symphony Hall, part of an ongoing project to record all of Mr. Levine’s BSO concerts for archival purposes and possible recording consideration. Ravel’s complete Daphnis and Chloé, recorded on October 5 and 6, 2007, was chosen to reflect the orchestra’s long history as an ardent advocate of the French symphonic repertoire, particularly that of Ravel. This luminous score, one of the composer’s most important works, was commissioned in 1909 by Sergei Diaghilev for the Ballets Russes and contains some of Ravel’s most stunning, atmospheric, and exciting orchestral writing. The recording features the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor.


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