Barbican Concerts

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Thu 23 Jun 2011 7.30pm - Barbican Hall, London

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Bernard Haitink

Bernard Haitink

RAVEL Mother Goose Ballet
MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night's Dream

Bernard Haitink conductor
Sarah-Jane Brandon soprano
Daniela Lehner mezzo-soprano
Sir Thomas Allen narrator
Eltham College Boys' Choir
London Symphony Orchestra


Tickets: £8 £14 £19 £25 £32

Ravel always seemed quite the dandy, but he retained a childlike love of mechanical toys and old-fashioned fairy tales. His delicious Mother Goose piano suite, inspired by friends’ children, was developed into an exquisite full ballet score in 1912. There’s breathless fantasy too in Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1843), a favourite play from his childhood. ‘He identified with all of the characters,’ recalled his sister.

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