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Thu 20 Feb 2014

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

French Fancies

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: £9-£50

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Venue telephone: 020 7960 4200

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This delightful programme, starring charismatic piano duo the Labèque Sisters, will brighten your February. The concert features Ibert’s charming, even frivolous Divertissement and concludes with a piece Saint-Saëns banned during his lifetime for fear it would undermine his reputation as a ‘serious’ composer – The Carnival of the Animals. It has, of course, since become one of his most popular and famous pieces, a wonderful musical menagerie of a lion, hens, tortoises and even a whole aquarium…

Debussy (arr Schoenberg) Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Ravel
Mother Goose Suite (original version for piano duet)
Ibert
Divertissement
Ravel
Introduction and Allegro 
Saint-Saëns
Carnival of the Animals

Katia and Marielle Labèque pianos
Eduardo Portal conductor (Ibert only)
Samuel West narrator
Soloists of the OAE

Concert finishes at approximately 8.50pm

Pre-concert event
OAE Extras at 5.45pm. Front Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall. Free Admission
OAE REMIX explore the animal world in Biber’s Sonata Representiva

Listen to a taster of the music on Spotify below:

Venue details

Nearest National Rail: Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross Nearest Underground: Waterloo and Embankment
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