WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortileges; Ma Mere l'Oye - Complete Ballet

Release Date: 10/09/2015 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8660336   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Helene Hebrard
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

A musical selection from this release is featured in the above clip.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ravel’s opera L’Enfant et les sortilèges captures an imaginative child’s world in which the creatures and objects around him come to life. Wittily portrayed in Colette’s inventive libretto and by Ravel’s meticulous orchestration, furniture, crockery and animals alike are at first provoked by the child’s appalling behavior, finally helping him after he bandages the squirrel’s paw he had previously pricked with his pen. The unforgettably enchanting Mother Goose translates well-known fairytales into music, including the gently melodic Sleeping Beauty’s Pavane, her conversation with the gruffest of beasts, and a final blessing in The Fairy Garden. Leonard Slatkin, music director of the Orchestre National de Lyon and the Detroit Symphony, Read more has made more than 100 recordings that in total have earned him seven Grammy® awards and 64 Grammy® nominations.



The all-French cast articulate the text splendidly, with tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt doing his usual superb number as L'Arithmétique. Mezzo Hélène Hebrard as the Child sounds suitably young and fresh, soprano Annick Massis as the Fire negotiates her high coloratura with accuracy and élan.

– BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

L'enfant et les sortilèges by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Helene Hebrard ()
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1925; France 
Venue:  Auditorium Maurice Ravel, Lyon, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Ma mère l'oye by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2011 
Venue:  Auditorium Maurice Ravel, Lyon, France 
Length: 23 Minutes 10 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Ravel's Enfant February 9, 2016 By D. Pugh (Washington, DC) See All My Reviews "This is a delightful performance that rivals the older Jordan CD ----definitely a buy!!!!" Report Abuse
Review This Title