New York Philharmonic
Dillon, Patrick, Opera Canada
Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortileges is one of those exceptional operas that don't need to be staged to hit their mark--in fact, it's one that can even prosper from the absence of someone else's limiting vision. I grew up with Ernest Ansermet's magical 1954 recreation of the score in equally magical Decca early stereo, and had no trouble conjuring up Colette's enchanted chairs and teapots, birds, cats, bats and squirrels; and though I was an adult when I discovered Lorin Maazel's version of 1960, it evoked its own distinctive altered state of imaginative delight. No staging I've seen has provided commensurate pleasure.
But at Carnegie Hall Feb. …
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Publication information: Article title: New York Philharmonic. Contributors: Dillon, Patrick - Author. Magazine title: Opera Canada. Volume: 50. Issue: 2 Publication date: Summer 2009. Page number: 45. © 1997 Opera Canada Publications. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
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