RAVEL Ma mère l’Oye (Ballet version)
RAVEL L’Enfant et les Sortilèges
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Magdalena Kožená l’Enfant
Marie-Nicole Lemieux Maman, la Libellule, un Patre, la Bête
Jane Archibald le Feu, la Princesse, le Rossignol
Anna Stéphany la Bergère, la Chatte, la Tasse Chinoise, l’Ecureuil
Elizabeth Watts la Chouette, la Chauve-Souris, une Pastourelle
Sunnyboy Dladla la Théière, le Petit Vieillard, la Rainette
Gavan Ring l’Horloge, le Chat
David Shipley le Fauteuil, l’Arbre
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra
Tickets: for more information and tickets please visit the Lucerne Festival website.
Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.
Maurice Ravel felt most at ease in the society of children. He loved to crouch down and play with them, tell them stories, or track down mechanical puppets at fair stalls to give them. No wonder, then, that in his creative work, several scores have a reference to childhood. In three delicate orchestral songs, for example, he lets the narrator Scheherazade lead us into the fantastic world of the East. In his “pièces enfantines,” Ma mère l’Oye, which he originally wrote as a four-hand piano suite for two children, he sets famous fairy-tales to music. But with his one-act opera L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Ravel may have portrayed himself in the lead role of the stubborn child who has no desire to do his homework and just sticks out his tongue at his mother. However, when the child is left alone as a punishment, remarkable things start happening: all the objects around him begin to come to life and pester him − the furniture, the dishes, even the chimney fire. Maurice at home, on his own.