Return to the harem: Marianne Crebassa seduces in Ravel’s Shéhérazade in Paris

Aladdin: Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse/Sokhiev *****

Philharmonie, Paris, 20th May 2017

With barely time for coffee and baklava after the Orchestre Pasdeloup’s Arabian matinee, I stepped boldly back into the harem. Scheherazade resumed her tales in the Philharmonie’s Mille et une Nuits festival with the story of Aladdin, courtesy of Carl Nielsen, assisted by the excellent Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse under its music director, Tugan Sokhiev. It was the only work directly related to any of the characters from The Arabian Nights, but the rest of the programme of perfumed sweetmeats positively drooled with eastern promise.

Marianne Crebassa, Tugan Sokhiev and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
© Patrice Nin

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