Mikko Franck (photo: Christophe Abramowitz/Radio France)

Mikko Franck conducts Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les sortilèges”

Maurice Ravel’s short opera L’Enfant et les sortilèges is a work full of imagination, charm and humour. The Berliner Philharmoniker perform the piece, based on a libretto by Colette, in a concert performance. The conductor is Mikko Franck who is standing in for Seiji Ozawa. The focus of the first part of the evening is our 1st concertmaster, Noah-Bendix-Balgley, who plays concertos by Mozart and Saint-Saëns.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Mikko Franck conductor

Noah Bendix-Balgley violin

Emily Fons mezzo-soprano

Paul Gay bass baritone

Yvonne Naef contralto

Kiera Duffy soprano

Marie Lenormand mezzo-soprano

Mathias Vidal tenor

Elliot Madore baritone

Kanae Fujitani soprano

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Gijs Leenaars chorus master

Kinderchor der Komischen Oper Berlin Kinderchor

Dagmar Fiebach chorus master

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 5 in A major, K. 219

Noah Bendix-Balgley violin

Camille Saint-Saëns

Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for violin and orchestra in A minor, op. 28

Noah Bendix-Balgley violin

Maurice Ravel

L’Enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Spells) Concert Performance

Emily Fons mezzo-soprano, Paul Gay bass baritone, Yvonne Naef contralto, Kiera Duffy soprano, Marie Lenormand mezzo-soprano, Mathias Vidal tenor, Elliot Madore baritone, Kanae Fujitani soprano, Rundfunkchor Berlin , Gijs Leenaars chorus master, Kinderchor der Komischen Oper Berlin Kinderchor, Dagmar Fiebach chorus master

Dates and Tickets

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018, 20:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 19:00

Serie F


The programme features a work of imagination, charm and humour: the opera L’Enfant et les sortilèges written by Maurice Ravel to a libretto by Colette. In fantastic, magical images, the plot traces the development of a child, from his angry tantrums which damage his surroundings and consequently also himself, to a boy who is compassionate and self-aware. The composer set this story to music in the manner of an “American operetta” (Ravel). Like in a revue, he employs a wide range of musical styles one after another, from the neo-Baroque bicinium and bel canto arias to ragtime and music hall. Moreover, there is Ravel’s subtle, multifaceted orchestration which makes L'Enfant et les sortilèges one of his most impressive and most personal works. The conductor is Mikko Franck, who steps in for Seiji Ozawa.

In the first part of the concert Noah Bendix-Balgley is the focus of the musical action. Born in North Carolina, the musician has been concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2014. He opens the concert – without the participation of Mikko Franck– as the soloist in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s A major Violin Concerto. The work is the last of the five violin concertos Mozart wrote between 1773 and 1775. It is characterised by the brilliance of the solo violin part, its original – often surprising – harmonies, and its folk music-based final theme. Then follows Camille Saint-Saëns’ Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso, an equally atmospheric and highly virtuoso piece for violin and orchestra which the composer wrote for the famous violinist Pablo Sarasate.

Mikko Franck (photo: Christophe Abramowitz/Radio France)