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Ravel - L'enfant et les Sortilèges · Ma Mère l'Oye / LSO · Previn

Maurice Ravel , André Previn , London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus , Anne-Marie Owens , David Wilson-Johnson , Robert Lloyd , Juanita Lascarro , Elizabeth Futral , Rinat Shaham , Mark Tucker Audio CD
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listen  1. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - Introduction. "J'ai pas envie de faire ma page"London Symphony Orchestra 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - Bébé a été sage?London Symphony Orchestra 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - Ca m'est égal!London Symphony Orchestra 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - "Votre serviteur humble, Bergère"London Symphony Orchestra 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - Ding, ding, ding, dingLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - How's your mug?London Symphony Orchestra0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - Keng-ca-fou, Mah-jongLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - "Oh! Ma belle tasse chinoise!"London Symphony Orchestra0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - Arrière! Je réchauffe les bonsLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - Adieu, pastourelles!London Symphony Orchestra 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - "Ah! C'est Elle! C'est Elle!"London Symphony Orchestra 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - Toi, le coeur de la roseLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - "Deux robinets coulent dans un réservoir!"London Symphony Orchestra 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - Oh! Ma tête!London Symphony Orchestra 1:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - Duo miauléLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - Musique d'insectes, de rainettesLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - "Ah! Quelle joie de te retrouver, Jardin!"London Symphony Orchestra 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - Où es-tu? Je te cherche ...London Symphony Orchestra 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - Ronde des Chauves-Souris "Rends-la moi...tsk,tsk..."London Symphony Orchestra0:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - Danse des rainettesLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - Sauve-toi, sotte! Et la cage? La cage?London Symphony Orchestra0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - La Cage, c'était pour mieux voir ta pretesseLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - "Ah! C'est l'Enfant au couteau"London Symphony Orchestra0:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - Il a pansé la plaie ...London Symphony Orchestra 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties - Il est bon, l'Enfant, il est sageLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye - Ballet - Prélude: Très lentLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye - Ballet - 1.Danse du rouet et Scène - AllegroLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye - Ballet - 2.Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant.Lent - Allegro - Mouvement de Valse modéréLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye - Ballet - 3.Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête.Mouvement de Valse modéréLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye - Ballet - 4.Petit Poucet.Très modéréLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye - Ballet - 5.Laideronnette,Impératrice des pagodes.Mouvement de marche - Allegro - Très modéréLondon Symphony Orchestra 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye - Ballet - Apothéose:Le Jardin féerique.Lent et graveLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 



Product Details

  • Performer: Anne-Marie Owens, David Wilson-Johnson, Robert Lloyd, Juanita Lascarro, Elizabeth Futral, et al.
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
  • Conductor: André Previn
  • Composer: Maurice Ravel
  • Audio CD (July 20, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00000JLFX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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Don't be fooled by this disc's cartoonish cover. With its libretto by Colette and music by Ravel at his witty, jazzy peak,L'Enfant et les Sortilèges is hardly kiddie stuff, even if it is about a wicked child who has an epiphany when the inanimate objects he abuses begin talking back. It's an ideal CD opera, since it demands a fantastical staging that's best left to the imagination, and this new recording is among the best available. Surely, it's sassier, broader, and funnier than Previn's well-received previous recording; since making that recording, the conductor revitalized his jazz career and it shows in the new performance, which also has some sterling vocalism in three different roles by the woefully underrecorded soprano Elizabeth Futral. Also, the engineering has superb depth of field, revealing numerous, often unheard details in Ravel's most multifaceted score. Its main competition is also on Deutsche Grammophon: Lorin Maazel's scintillating, well-sung recording in a two-disc, midpriced set that contains Ravel's other opera, L'Heure Espagnole. It's a good deal, but those who only want L'Enfant can pay less money overall and also get Previn's good-but-not-great Ma Mère l'Oye (a similarly playful twist on children's literature). --David Patrick Stearns

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent September 17, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I know L'enfant... almost as well as I know my name, and I don't even speak French. When compared to the many versions that I already have, it ranks second only to the version I remember from my childhood. Pairing L'enfant et les Sortileges with the Mother Goose Ballet was inspired. This CD would provide a wonderful introduction to opera and classical music in general to the young and those who are untested in classical music. There is one fault. I hate the cover art. I like Chuck Jones, He has made some great cartoons and created some memorable illustations however this misses target completely. It is as if he only listened to a small part of the opera and hastily threw something together to meet a deadline. None of the magic has been conveyed. There is so much more that could have been done. This may seem like a trifle to most but being a fanatic about L'enfant et les Sortiles as well as a graphic designer this was a disappointment. Apart from that The recording was great as was the performance. Very enjoyable
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical magic September 11, 1999
Format:Audio CD
At long last there is a set of the two Ravel operas that will be a welcome addition to any collection of French music, Ravel's works, opera, whatever sub-category you can name. Both are on Deutsche Grammophon label, both feature the London Symphony Orchestra under Andre Previn, and both have covers by cartoonist Chuck Jones that belie the value of what lies within. <L'Enfant et les Sortileges> (457 590-2) is a charming work (literally) about a young boy who so maltreats his room, possessions and local animals that they all decide to counterattack. Usually done as a ballet with singers to the side, special effects (animated furniture and even a living math textbook) and the Dance dominate what the eye sees in a full production. But as with most good opera scores (we will debate the adjective at some other time), the music alone is enough to keep our attention as long as we follow the text for at least the first hearing. The lament of the Shepherds and Shepherdesses is among the loveliest moments in all opera, as is the very end when one word convinces the animals to spare the child. Pamela Helen Stephan makes the "Enfant" believable enough musically, although her voice is a bit too mature-sounding. Perhaps the Fire of Elizabeth Futral could use a bit more (forgive this) pyrotechnics, but she and the rest of the large cast are just fine in their roles of objects and animals. The filler offering on this disc, <Ma Mere l'Oye [Mother Goose]> in the expanded orchestral version suffers by comparison with most competitive recordings; but thematically the producers could not have chosen a better companion piece. The second work, < L'Heure Espagnole> (457 590-2) begins very promisingly with the ticking of clocks. Read more ›
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but Mr PREVIN is quite off the tracks March 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
He has a beethovenian approach of the score which is quite a contradiction. Broad tempos, large orchestra, big sound.

Everything is technically perfect but we are very far from RAVEL. In addition, the french diction of the singers is very poor.

What a difference with his EMI recording of the 80's which is a real gem.

The reference is obviously Ansermet but let's not forget BOUR (mono sound) & JORDAN (stereo sound).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical June 29, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Probably the more immediately compelling of Ravel's two little operas, L'enfant et les sortileges is a wonderfully atmospheric work and far more immediately attractive as a pure auditory experience than L'heure espagnole (where following the action is crucial - it surely adds a lot in L'enfant as well, but if you so fancy L'enfant can be (thoroughly) enjoyed as a pure tone poem as well). I suppose this is what has ensured its greater popularity on disc as well, even though it puts tougher demands on the performers. It is presumably also a tough opera to stage, with all the singing furniture and the buzzing bugs, beetles and animals in the garden. Musically, however, it is spell-binding. In the words of the story's author, Colette, "I had not foreseen that a wave of orchestrated sound, starred with nightingales and fireflies would raise my modest work up to such heights."

I have not heard Previn's previous recording of the work, but he provides a superb one here. The LSO is marvelous, producing lush, warm, but clear and often appropriately fragile textures and some truly magnificent solo playing. The Children's chorus is excellent as well, and Previn guides them all with great sensitivity, superb pacing, a wonderful ebb and flow and attention to detail, and finely shaped climaxes. The sound is equally warm and clear and detailed.

As for the soloists, Pamela Helen Stephan sings very well and beautifully - she certainly does not sound like the young boy she is portraying, but I am not completely sure the extent to which I think this is an objection.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ravel - meet Verdi? September 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is NOT a review of the recording - it is a review of the booklet accompanying the CD - nearly every other page of the booklet is the libretto of Verdi's "Falstaff" - which means a good chunk of the program notes for the Ravel are NOT included!
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