Ravel and Poulenc at the Barbican

Maurice Ravel
L’heure espagnole & Les mamelles de Tirésias, Barbican, London
By David Murray [Financial Times, 4 Mar 05]
On paper, Ravel’s mock-Spanish “comédie musicale” (1904) and Poulenc’s mock-everything “opéra bouffe” (1944) should make a toothsome double bill. Less than an hour each, elegantly funny in quite different veins – and excellent for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, for no heroic voices are required. But the team’s Ravel proved a lame affair, and its Poulenc – sung in English, with the same director (Stephen Langridge) and conductor – a delight.
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