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Work: L'Heure espagnole

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ComposerRavel, Maurice (1875-1937)
Period20th century
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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A “Spanish hour” in Kensington with Ravel and Grange Park Opera

Editor Ben Willis almost convinced me that two grown men could fit inside grandfather clocks
****1
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Clockwork precision and sparkle in Dutoit in LA

Guest conductor Charles Dutoit returned to Los Angeles for a program devoted to one of the composers he is most closely associated with. 
****1
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Vaudeville and validation in Ravel double bill

In the nearby city of Winterthur, Zurich’s fine International Opera Studio (IOS) recently premiered two short operas by Maurice Ravel, a flashy L’Heure espagnole and a lyrical L’Enfant et les sortilèges.
***11
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Hours of fun: Ravel's two one-act operas in Cologne

Cologne Opera's staging of Ravel's two comedies needed a stronger directorial response to the performance space, but the musical rewards compensated.
***11
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Spanish sex and Gallic charm: a perfect Ravel double

Sultry Spanish rhythms and bawdy humour are counterbalanced by Gallic charm in the return to Glyndebourne of Laurent Pelly’s productions of L’Heure espagnole and L’Enfant et les sortilèges. Danielle de Niese joined a largely Francophone cast to ensure this joyous revival fizzed.
*****
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