Glyndebourne 2015: Ravel reviews

This year’s Glyndebourne Festival has the look of being a vintage year with the final production of a Ravel double bill keeping the standard high. The two short operas, L'heure espagnole and L'enfant et les sortilèges is conducted by Robin Ticciati, with Glyndebourne favourite Danielle de Niese starring as both the sex-staved Concepción in L’heure and the naughty boy in L’enfant.



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'… for an orchestral performance that fully exploits Ravel’s score, look no farther. With strings as silky and static-free as Concepciόn’s underwired slip, it’s a superb performance from the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Robin Ticciati.
In the ghostly musettes and saucy tangos of L’enfant et les sortilegès, the playing is exquisite.'
Anna Picard, The Times, 13 August 2015 (4-stars)

'Robin Ticciati’s idiomatic and restrained conducting draws some sublime playing of these two fastidiously inventive scores from the LPO.'
Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 12 August 2015 (3-stars)

'Glyndebourne's music director Robin Ticciati draws exquisitely detailed playing from the London Philharmonic, languid in the first opera and wonderfully alert to Ravel's inventive night music at the end of the evening.'
John Allison, The Telegraph, 9 August 2015 (4-stars) 

'Robin Ticciati drew fine playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, defining the habañera Spanish rhythms well in L’heure espagnole, grumpy contrabassoon and silvery flute to the fore in L’enfant, but also great string delicacy in the score’s softer moments.'
Mark Pullinger, BachTrack, 8 August 2015 (5-stars)

'Under Robin Ticciati, the London Philharmonic Orchestra ekes out as many colours as this exquisite, jewel-box production.'
Hannah Nepil, Financial Times, 10 August 2015, (5-stars)

'In the pit the London Philharmonic produces playing of flawless virtuosity under the baton of the festival’s music director, Robin Ticciati.'
George Hall, The Stage, 10 August 2015

'There are equal … star turns from the London Philharmonic principals, not least deliciously flaccid trombone slides (Mark Templeton, I presume) for the old man who can’t get it up.'
David Nice, The Arts Desk, 9 August 2015 (4-stars)

'Robin Ticciati coaxes playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra that catches Ravel's perfumed idiom à merveille.'
Mark Valencia, What’s On Stage, 16 August 2015 (4-stars)