BBC Symphony Orchestra - Ravel, Poulenc
Ravel's fantastical opera L'enfant et les sortileges and Poulenc's suite from his ballet Les animaux modèles, featuring comic actor Stephen Mangan with the BBC SO conducted by Stéphane Denève.
From the Barbican Centre, London
Presented by Louise Fryer
Poulenc: Les animaux modèles - suite
Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Mangan (actor)
Singers from the Royal Academy of Music
Stéphane Denève (conductor)
The creatures populating Francis Poulenc's charming musical bestiary Les animaux modèles are based on figures from the fables of Jean de la Fontaine and in this performance of the suite made by the composer from his ballet, the popular comic actor Stephen Mangan reads these witty morality tales in between the movements of the suite. The BBC Symphony Orchestra then crown their recent series of operas with Ravel's fantastical opera L'enfant et les sortilèges, featuring talented young singers from the Royal Academy of Music. In a score teeming with invention, Ravel tells the magical story of a young boy driven to cruelty by boredom, who provokes the animals and objects around him to spring to life and conspire against him in a phantasmagorical parade. The charismatic French conductor Stéphane Denève is the zookeeper-in-chief, marshalling the forces of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.