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Ravel: L'enfant et les sortileges, L'heure espagnole / Maazel

Release Date: 11/11/1997 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 449769   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Maurice RavelNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovIgor Stravinsky
Performer:  Jeanine CollardJane BerbiéSylvaine GilmaColette Herzog,   ... 
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This enchanting work—full of humour, pathos and fantasy, and one of the most marvellously inventive orchestral scores that even Ravel ever wrote—emerges as sparkling as ever from a recording that was hailed as superlative when it was first issued and now arouses not the smallest suspicion that the date of that issue was 28 years ago. So often, even in the best opera recordings, there has to be a reservation over some detail or some less than perfect casting; but this is one of those flawless productions entitled to a permanent place among the classics of the catalogue. It would be invidious to single out any members of the cast: the petulant brat who is the central figure, the two amorous cats, the despairing princess, the manically exigent Read more Mr Arithmetic, the foxtrotting Chinese teapot and cup, the leaping flames of the fire—all these, and more, are vividly portrayed, with backing from an excellent children's choir and an orchestra every strand of whose texture is admirably reproduced. The final pages, in which the tormented animals and objects rally round the now chastened child, are truly touching. Lorin Maazel conducts as if he loved every note of the score—as well he might.

-- Gramophone [10/1989]
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Works on This Recording

L'enfant et les sortilèges by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jeanine Collard (Mezzo Soprano), Jane Berbié (Mezzo Soprano), Sylvaine Gilma (Soprano),
Colette Herzog (Mezzo Soprano), Heinz Rehfuss (Bass Baritone), Camille Maurane (Baritone),
Michel Sénéchal (Tenor), Françoise Ogéas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1925; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1960 
Venue:  Salle de la Mutualité, Paris, France 
Language: French 
L'heure espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jane Berbié (Mezzo Soprano), Michel Sénéchal (Tenor), Jean Giraudeau (Tenor),
Gabriel Bacquier (Baritone), José van Dam (Bass)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1909; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1965 
Venue:  ORTF, Paris, France 
Language: French 
Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/1958 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Chant du rossignol by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 11/1957 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Wonderful recording March 23, 2018 By ROLAND M. (LEOMINSTER, MA) See All My Reviews "I played the original LP of this work a couple of nights ago. It was one of the most delightful surprises I have ever heard in my 60+ years of living classical music. The work draws one right into the world the way it might be seen by a child. It had me smiling, on occasion laughing and at other times close to tears. Rarely does a recording effect me like this. My LP had the libretto, but only in French. As it was, my French is good enough that I was able to get into the work. I would assume that the CD version has a libretto with both French and the English translation. I never knew Ravel could write like this. What a wonderful surprise!" Report Abuse
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