Ravel: L’Enfant et les ... / Rattle
Sir Simon Rattle
Ma Mère l’Oye, ballet (00:31:07)
L’Enfant et les sortilèges, opera in one act (00:48:35)
Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano, Annick Massis Soprano, Mojca Erdmann Soprano, Sophie Koch Mezzo-Soprano, Nathalie Stutzmann Contralto, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt Tenor, François Le Roux Baritone, José van Dam Bariton, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master
Most admirers of Maurice Ravel’s music probably haven’t heard that the elegant composer loved to steal away from parties or official events. But not for a quiet cigarette outside – his destination was the children’s playroom. Ravel was often found there, immersed in some game with the boys and girls, which he found much more enjoyable than courteous small talk. Although this is only a side note in the life of the extraordinary composer, it is extremely valuable when listening to his children’s opera L’Enfant et les sortilèges. Knowing how roguish Ravel sometimes was enables us to properly grasp the playful character of the piece and its imaginatively rhetorical exuberance. Considering all this, Simon Rattle is obviously the ideal conductor to perform the work. Next to this opus, Ravel’s ballet music for Ma Mère l’Oye sounds just as magical as the opera.