Gaspard Proust narrator
Katia et Marielle Labèque piano
An outstanding group of musicians and a narrator come together pleasingly for this big hit from the repertoire.
Katia et Marielle Labèque © U. Nicoletti
Gaspard Proust © Francois Darmigny
Quatuor Modigliani - DR
Saint-Saëns The Carnaval of the animals
French music programme about childhood
Poulenc L’Embarquement pour Cythère - Valse musette
Fauré Dolly - Berceuse
Bizet Jeux d’Enfants - Petit mari petit femme
Milhaud Scaramouche - Brasileira
Ravel Ma Mère l’Oye
Older music fans may remember Francis Blanche, whose version of the Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns is still the gold standard. Now Gaspard Proust, a cynical and a seasoned solo stage performer will have to be admitted to this tight circle of carnival narrators fraught with pitfalls. Although he is known to be a lover of the classics and an admirer of Horowitz, it took intuition and daring on the part of the Modigliani Quartet to suggest that Proust should tackle a text hallowed by time and popularity. The gamble paid off at the latest Rencontres d’Evian, where the comedian joined the Modigliani quartet, the Labèque sisters and several prestigious guests to perform a respectful but caustic Carnival, combining euphoria, poetry and highly infectious energy. Proof if it were required that the classical world is not necessarily short on humour.
Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, en collaboration avec Decibels