RAVEL, M.: L’Enfant et les sortilèges • Ma mère l’oye
Hébrard • Galou • Pasturaud • Fouchécourt • Lyon National Orchestra • Slatkin
Fantasy, fairy tales and Maurice Ravel’s flair for orchestral colour are all to the fore in this album featuring two examples of the composer’s music for the stage — the scores for his opera L’Enfant et les sortilèges and his ballet Ma mère l’oye. This highly imaginative music, projected through a childlike lens, is instantly attractive to both the young and the young-at-heart. Simultaneously simple and complex, entrancing and seductive, music doesn’t come more magical than this.
(This podcast was first published on 2 November 2015)