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Thursday Opera Matinee - Chabrier's L'Etoile

Today's programme begins with Chabrier's comic opera L'Étoile - filled with glorious melody. Then there's Debussy piano music in orchestral dress - and a notorious Bolero!

Chabrier's comic opera L'Étoile is a gem - a very silly story set to some glorious music. The performance was recorded last year at the Grand Theatre in Geneva and is full of gallic wit and charm. Our 'orchestra of the week', the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, then returns with colourful orchestrations of some of Debussy's piano preludes - and a performance of that most notorious of Ravel's scores, Boléro. Presented by Katie Derham.

Chabrier: L'Étoile

King Ouf 1st.......... Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, tenor
Siroco.................................René Schirrer, bass
Hérisson de Porc-Epic......Pierre Doyen, baritone
Tapioca............................. Fabrice Farina, tenor
Lazuli.....Marie-Claude Chappuis, mezzo-soprano
Princess Laoula................ Sophie Graf, soprano
Aloès........Blandine Staskiewicz, mezzo-soprano
Chief of police..............................Jérôme Savary

Chorus of the Grand Théâtre, Geneva
Suisse Romande Orchestra
Jean-Yves Ossonce, conductor

4.10pm
Debussy orch. Matthews: Five Preludes for Piano
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov, conductor

4.35pm
Ravel: Boléro
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov, conductor.

3 hours

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