The evening started with Ravel's Mother Goose (orchestrated version). It was a straightforward play, but somehow I couldn't quite engage with the work.
Magdalena Kožena delivered a fine rendition of Shéhérazade. Her dark timbre suited the exotic Arabian adventure. Text delivery was good, and Sir Simon Rattle conjured up this moody and magical world with the London Symphony Orchestra.
L’enfant et les sortilèges was in the second half of the concert. As a concert performance, the rich and resourceful score was beautifully rendered by Sir Simon. Magdalena Kožena sang the boy, with a strong cast to portray the various tea cups, animals and insects. The London Symphony Chorus obliged with various noises, including a synchronised nose-pitching number. The cat duet (Anna Stéphany and Gavan Ring) was particularly fun!