Ravel: L'Enfant et les Sortilèges; Ma Mère l'Oye

Ravel: L'Enfant et les Sortilèges; Ma Mère l'Oye

by Simon Rattle
     
 
The conducting of Simon Rattle is the most compelling element in this recording of Ravel's "L'Enfant et les Sortilèges" with the Berlin Philharmonic. Rattle draws playing of great delicacy and nuance from the orchestra, and the many sections that are scored as lightly as chamber music are played with

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The conducting of Simon Rattle is the most compelling element in this recording of Ravel's "L'Enfant et les Sortilèges" with the Berlin Philharmonic. Rattle draws playing of great delicacy and nuance from the orchestra, and the many sections that are scored as lightly as chamber music are played with especially loving attention to shaping the elegant and expressive phrases; the beginning of the second part of the opera is especially magical. The international cast, though, which includes a number of internationally acclaimed stars, doesn't have the easy fluency with the material of a French cast, such as the ones assembled for Lorin Maazel's or Ernest Ansermet's versions, where the droll wit of Ravel's sly text setting really sparkles. Magdalena Kozená as the Child, and José van Dam and Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, each in an assortment of roles, are fully successful in putting the music across, but many of the remaining singers, fine as they are, come across as somewhat studied and miss the fun of Ravel's score. Rattle brings the same finesse and careful attention to detail to "Ma Mère l'Oye" as he does to the opera, and the Berlin Philharmonic responds with a spirited and graceful performance. EMI's sound is clean and present.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2009
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099926419725
catalogNumber:
64197

Tracks

  1. L'enfant et les sortilèges, opera-ballet in 2 parts  - Maurice Ravel  - Felix Aprahamian  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  -  Colette  -  José van Dam  - Jean-Paul Fouchécourt  - Karl Dietrich Grawe  - Simon Halsey  - Stephen Johns  - Magdalena Kozená  - François LeRoux  - Annick Massis  - Simon Rattle  -  Rundfunkchor Berlin  - Nathalie Stutzmann  - Sophie Koch  - Mojca Erdmann  - Otto Junne  - Beegee Tolpa
  2. Ma mère l'oye, ballet for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  - Felix Aprahamian  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Karl Dietrich Grawe  - Simon Halsey  - Stephen Johns  - Simon Rattle  -  Rundfunkchor Berlin  - Bianca Reim  - Sylke Schwab  - Nora von Billerbeck  - Otto Junne  - Sabine Puhlmann  - Beegee Tolpa

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