Symphonic Concert

Orchestre de Paris / Pablo Heras-Casado

Sabine Devieilhe - Ravel, Moussorgski

Sabine DevieilheSabine Devieilhe © Sandrine Expilly
Pablo Heras-CasadoPablo Heras-Casado © Fernando Sancho

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Wednesday, 24 March 2021 — 8:30pm
Thursday, 25 March 2021 — 8:30pm
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie


  • Maurice Ravel
    Alborada del gracioso
    Cinq mélodies populaires grecques
    L'Enfant et les sortilèges (extraits)
  • Modeste Moussorgski / Maurice Ravel
    Tableaux d'une exposition


  • Orchestre de Paris
  • Pablo Heras-Casado, conducting
  • Sabine Devieilhe, soprano
This programme dedicated to Maurice Ravel, one of the great French orchestra composers, focuses on transcription—a decisive practice in the life of musical works.

As proven by his illustrious Bolero, Ravel was a master of combining timbres and continuously adapted for orchestra numerous scores initially written for piano. One such example is Alborada del gracioso, the fourth movement of Mirrors, whose lively vivacity delivered through bright and ironic sounds brings the jester of Spanish comedies to life. Filled with modal harmonies and delicate melisma, his Greek Folk Songs also migrate towards the orchestra, while The Child and the Magic Spells to a libretto by Colette showcases unusual timbres such as the whip, rattle, luthéal and wind instrument. 
An exceptional orchestrator, Ravel often created his own version of the music of others: his rightly famous version of  Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, composed for piano, articulates the Russian master’s idea so exquisitely as to sometimes surpass the original.


Maurice Ravel : Alborada del gracioso - Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala de Milan, Toulouse, Daniel Barenboim (direction)
Maurice Ravel : L'enfant et les sortilèges - Orchestre National de Lyon, Leonard Slatkin (direction)
Modeste Moussorgski : Tableaux d'une exposition - Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Tugan Sokhiev (direction)