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Ravel: L'heure espagnole - L'enfant et les sortlèges. © 2013 FRA Musica

Ravel's 'The Child and the Spells: A Lyric Fantasy in Two Parts', an opera in one act, has a libretto by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1925). It's Ravel's second opera, his first being L'heure espagnole with lyrics by Franc-Nohain (1872-1934). L'enfant et les sortilèges was introduced in Monte Carlo by conductor Victor de Sabata.

After being given the opportunity to write a musical work, Colette wrote her text in eight days...

Copyright © 1 January 2014 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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RAVEL: L'HEURE ESPAGNOLE - L'ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES

MAURICE RAVEL

LAURENT PELLY

LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

GLYNDEBOURNE

FRANCE

ENGLAND

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