Glyndebourne 2012 reviews: Ravel double-bill (Kazushi Ono)

The 2012 Glyndebourne Festival continued with the opening last Saturday of a double-bill of Ravel’s operas L’Enfant et les sortilèges
and L’heure espagnole, featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Kazushi Ono. Here are the first press reviews:

‘The performance is a model of idiomatic sparkle, conducted with sublime precision by Kazushi Ono, and tossed off without a tremor by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.’
Stephen Walsh,

‘Kazushi Ono conducts [L’Enfant et les sortilèges] lovingly and the London Philharmonic Orchestra revels in the gorgeously coloured and glowing instrumentation with barbed, feline sweetness.’
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

‘You can’t fault the singing, while Kazushi Ono conducts both works with impeccable style.’
Tim Ashley, The Guardian

‘Kazushi Ono’s rarefied conducting and the LPO’s ravishing playing caught the moment to perfection.’
Barry Millington, Evening Standard

‘[In L’Enfant et les sortilèges] the ear is gratified by the London Philharmonic’s pristine and shimmering playing and Kazushi Ono’s well-paced conducting that avoids stasis … [In L’Heure espagnole] once again the LPO played with sensitivity (not least the pair of plaintive oboes that lead things off), beauty of sound, exactitude and dedication that left in no doubt Ravel’s wondrous invention and sheer brilliance of painstaking notation … The music’s jazziness, pastiche, suggestion and compassion are treated as one by Ono and handsomely delivered by a meticulous LPO.’
Colin Anderson,

‘This opera [L’Enfant et les sortilèges] lasts just 45 minutes, but I could have wished it three times as long’
Michael Church, The Independent

The Ravel double-bill continues until 25 August. More information, including booking details and full creative team and cast details, here.

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