City Of Light: L'enfant et Les Sortilèges

Thursday 12 Feb 2015, 7:30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Barbara Hannigan sopranoLa Princesse

Mitsuko Uchida piano

Chloé Briot sopranoL'Enfant

Elodie Méchain altoLa Mère/ La Tasse chinoise / La Libellule

Andrea Hill mezzo sopranoLa Bergère /Un Pâtre / l'Ecureuil/ La Chatte

Omo Bello sopranoLa Pastourelle / La Chauve-Souris / La Chouette

Sabine Devieilhe sopranoLe Feu / Le Rossignol

Jean-Sébastien Bou baritoneL'Horloge / Le Chat

François Piolino tenorLa Théière / Le Petit Vieillard (aka l'Arithmétique) / La Rainette

Nicolas Courjal bassLe Fauteuil / L'Arbre

Philharmonia Voices choirShepherds, Shepherdesses, Frogs, Animals, Trees, Settle (Le Blanc), Sofa (Le Canapé), Ottoman (Le Pouf), Wicker chair, Numbers (Les Chiffres)

Irina Brown director

Dutilleux Correspondances

Ravel Piano Concerto in G


Ravel L'Enfant et les Sortilèges(semi-staged; sung in French with English surtitles)

The City of Light series continues with Ravel’s beguiling fantasy opera of magic and enchantment in which animals and household objects come to life to teach a rebellious child the errors of his ways. Setting Colette’s text, Ravel’s luxuriant music is both witty and profound. His exuberantly jazzy G major Piano Concerto explores a rich palette of orchestral colours that juxtapose with the darker warmth of Dutilleux’s powerfully expressive song-cycle.

Image: Ravel's desk photographed in his house in Monfort

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This concert is part of the City of Light: Paris 1900 - 1950 series

City of Light: Paris 1900 - 1950 conceived and supported by Vincent Meyer, President Philharmonia Orchestra