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RAVEL, M: Enfant et les sortileges (L') [Opera] / Sheherazade (Boulianne, Nashville Symphony, Willis)

Composer(s):Ravel, Maurice
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category OperaVocal
Catalogue 8.660215
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Setting a charming text by Colette, Ravel’s richly-scored opera L’Enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Spells) is a lyric fantasy whose cast includes fairy tale characters, crockery, plants and little animals which come to life to chastise the child who has been tormenting them. However, all ends happily when the child learns compassion. Ravel’s life-long fascination with the exotic orient found inspiration in three poems by Tristan Klingsor, brought together in his ravishing and enduringly popular song cycle Shéhérazade.


Review By Steve Schwartz,,January 2011

La chanson de la terre. Most writers on Ravel like to mention his fascination with precision and with clockwork toys and then go on to draw analogies to his music. Certainly Ravel ruthlessly strove for musical elegance, to the point where his output remained small, and artifice inspired him.


Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2009

Having heard all of the currently available recordings of L’Enfant et les sortilèges, I can assure you that none will give greater pleasure than this from Nashville. Taking a look at the illustrious list of performers who have already committed it to disc, that might seem a big claim, but for me the disc’s main attraction is the feel of a team rather than just a gathering of famous soloists. From the names I presume the cast gathered in Nashville are mainly French-Canadians and they instinctively shape the nuances of words, with the final ingredient coming from an orchestra that sounds more French than today’s top French ensembles. In the role of the naughty child, Julie Boulianne aims her voice between that of a child and



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