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Hélène HEBRARD

► Ravel: L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Naxos)

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Ma mère l’oye (Hébrard, Galou, Pasturaud, Fouchécourt, Lyon National Orchestra, Slatkin)
Ravel’s opera L’Enfant et les sortilèges captures an imaginative child’s world in which the creatures and objects around him come to life. Wittily portrayed in Colette’s inventive libretto and by Ravel’s meticulous orchestration, furniture, crockery and animals alike are at first provoked by the child’s appalling behaviour, finally helping him after he bandages the squirrel’s paw he had previously pricked with his pen. The unforgettably enchanting Mother Goose translates well-known fairytales into music, including the gently melodic Sleeping Beauty’s Pavane, her conversation with the gruffest of beasts, and a final blessing in The Fairy Garden.

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Ravel, Maurice
Colette, Sidonie-Gabrielle, lyricist(s)
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Hebrard, Helene, soprano
Galou, Delphine, contralto
Pasturaud, Julie, mezzo-soprano
Massis, Annick, soprano
Perruche, Ingrid, soprano
Barrard, Marc, baritone
Courjal, Nicolas, bass
Fouchecourt, Jean-Paul, tenor
Choeur Britten and Jeune Choeur symphonique
Maitrise de l’Opera National de Lyon
Lyon National Orchestra
Slatkin, Leonard, Conductor


► Maurice Emmanuel : Chamber Music and Songs (Toccata Classics)

Maurice Emmanuel

These three early works of the French composer Maurice Emmanuel (1862-1938) show him emerging from the influence of César Franck to find an individual voice, with an ambitious violin sonata (here receiving its first recording), a suite of arrangements of Greek folksongs, wiry and winsome by turn, and an atmospheric, large-scale song-cycle to texts by the poet, geologist and historian Louis de Launay — a polymath like Emmanuel himself.

Frédéric Angleraux, violin
Hélène Hébrard, mezzo soprano
François Killian, piano

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Musiques, Op. 17 (1908)

I Prélude (Andante)

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II ‘Vibrations’ (Adagio)

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III ‘Le vieux coucou’ (Allegretto)

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IV ‘Sous les pins’ (Moderato ma energico)

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V ‘Résonnances’ (Andante)

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VI ‘Invitation à la valse’ (Tempo di walzer, ma moderato)

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VII ‘Villanelle du temps passé(Allegretto scherzando)

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VIII ‘Berceuse’ (Andante con moto, espressivo)

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IX ‘Marche au bonheur’ (Allegro)

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X ‘Valse hongroise’ (Andantino)

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XI ‘Des mots! des mots!’ (Allegro jocoso)

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XII Postlude (Moderato)

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