Vivid and Entertaining
GIUSEPPE PENNISI attends a
Ravel double bill in Rome
Joseph-Maurice Ravel is known especially for his melodies, orchestral works and instrumental textures and effects. Along with Claude Debussy, he was one of impressionist music's most prominent figures. Much of his piano, chamber, vocal and orchestral music has entered the standard concert repertoire. Active during a period of great artistic innovation and diversification, Ravel benefited from many sources and influences, though his music defies any easy classification. As Vladimir Jankélévitch notes in his biography, 'no influence can claim to have conquered him entirely. Ravel remains ungraspable behind all these masks which the snobbery of the century has attempted to impose'. His two one-act operas have entered the repertoire of major theatres very slowly: they require a large orchestra and rather special voices. More significantly, they have very sophisticated librettos that seldom enthrall a large audience.
The Sunday afternoon audience warmly applauded this delightful double bill.