By Annick Massis, Choeur Britten, Delphine Galou, Helene Hebrard, Ingrid Perruche, Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, Julie Pasturaud, Leonard Slatkin, Marc Barrard, MaÃ®trise de l'Opera National de Lyon, Nicolas Courjal, and Orchestre National de Lyon. By Maurice Ravel. Naxos Opera. Classical. CD. Published by Naxos (NX.8660336).
Ravel's opera L'Enfant et les sortileges 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 behavior, 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. Leonard Slatkin, music director of the Orchestre National de Lyon and the Detroit Symphony, has made more than 100 recordings that in total have earned him seven GrammyÂ® awards and 64 GrammyÂ® nominations.