Mediterranean heat: a scorching Daphnis et Chloé from Altinoglu and the LSO

Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Ravel: LSO/Altinoglu ****

Barbican Hall, 23rd March 2017

It’s over twenty years since I last saw Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé danced by the Royal Ballet, yet every step of Sir Frederick Ashton’s choreography is imprinted on my memory: Stuart Cassidy a bold Daphnis; Adam Cooper, his rival; Sarah Wildor a charming, delicate Chloé; Irek Mukhamedov the swaggering pirate chief who abducts her. I replayed much of it yesterday evening during the London Symphony Orchestra’s terrific performance which basked in Mediterranean heat. I imagine Alain Altinoglu was also playing through the visuals in his mind, conducting with a mixture of histrionic flourishes and balletic flair.

Alain Altinoglu
© Marco Borggreve

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