Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Barbara Hannigan soprano La Princesse
Mitsuko Uchida piano
Chloé Briot soprano L'Enfant
Elodie Méchain alto La Mère/ La Tasse chinoise / La Libellule
Andrea Hill mezzo soprano La Bergère /Un Pâtre / l'Ecureuil/ La Chatte
Omo Bello soprano La Pastourelle / La Chauve-Souris / La Chouette
Sabine Devieilhe soprano Le Feu / Le Rossignol
Jean-Sébastien Bou baritone L'Horloge / Le Chat
François Piolino tenor La Théière / Le Petit Vieillard (aka l'Arithmétique) / La Rainette
Nicolas Courjal bass Le Fauteuil / L'Arbre
Philharmonia Voices Shepherds, 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 Gbiography | programme note

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Ravel, L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (semi-staged; sung in French with English surtitles)biography | programme note

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

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