Benaroya Hall S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium Downtown
Thurs Sept 27, 7:30 pm, Fri Sept 28, 8 pm & Sat Sept 29, 2 pm 21+
Recommended by Rich Smith
Few conductors interpret the French masters as well as Seattle Symphony music director Ludovic Morlot. Is it because he's also French? Maybe. But I once spent half an hour with Morlot as he described certain notes as "sour" or "very, very greenish-blue," and so I think he's got some kind of synesthesia that allows him to see and manipulate the vivid colors in impressionistic work better than others can. Here he breathes new life into the Ravel's already lively color palette in Daphnis et Chloé, which features thrills and rushes, weird twists, sudden leaps, and intense swells of pastoral bliss. And by presenting works from Debussy and Messiaen—Ravel's forebear and fruit, respectively—Morlot helpfully places Ravel in his historical context.