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COMPTINES // The orchestra tells

Liège Royal Philharmonic,

Compère Guilleri, Une souris verte, Malbrough s’en va-t’en guerre, Gentil coquelicot . . . These and so many other nursery rhymes are the rst music that most French children grew up with and that they in turn will want to teach their children and grandchildren.


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The album ‘ Comptines: l’orchestre raconte ‘ revisits these traditional nursery rhymes in totally new and original orchestrations, conceived by the talented composer-conductor from Liège Jean-Pierre Haeck. Listeners to the programme, both children and adults, will be able to recognise the themes of well-known traditional nursery rhymes in the various pieces, but also some quotations from the symphonic repertory (excerpts from works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Smetana, Bizet et al have mischievously slipped into the disc!). For three of these nursery rhymes, the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège accompanies the children’s voices of the Maîtrise de l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie. A ‘karaoke’ version is also offered at the end of the disc. Here is an interactive book-CD illustrated by the Belgian artist Marie Vanderbemden, new and totally original, in which every listener, children and grown-ups alike, can become a performer for the space of a few songs !


  • La bonne aventure 1’58
  • Il était une bergère 2’15
  • Compère Guilleri 2’10
  • Malbrough s’en va-t’en guerre 2’32
  • Une souris verte 2’07
  • Gentil coquelicot 3’11
  • Dodo l’enfant do 1’35
  • Su’l’pont du Nord 2’57
  • À la volette 2’38
  • Il court, il court, le furet 1’46
  • Une araignée sur le plancher 1’07


  • Compère Guilleri 2’08
  • Su’l’pont du Nord 2’56
  • Une araignée sur le plancher 1’10


Founded in 1960, the Liège Royal Philharmonic (OPRL) is French-speaking Belgium’s only professional symphony orchestra. Supported by the Fédération Wallonie- Bruxelles (Belgium’s French-speaking Community), the City of Liège and the Province of Liège, with the assistance of the National Lottery, the OPRL performs in Liège – in the prestigious setting of the Salle Philharmonique (inaugurated in 1887) – and throughout Belgium, as well as in great concert halls and at major festivals around Europe, in Japan and the United States.

Moulded by its founder, Fernand Quinet, and by its Music Directors (Manuel Rosenthal, Paul Strauss, Pierre Bartholomée, Louis Langrée, Pascal Rophé, François-Xavier Roth, and, since 2011, Christian Arming), the OPRL has developed a sonic identity at the crossroads of the Germanic and French traditions. This work will continue under Gergely Madaras, starting in September 2019. For more than fifteen years now, the OPRL has taken up the challenge of presenting the greatest music to the widest possible audience through original projects and specific series.

Since 2016, it has benefited from a partnership with the Mezzo Live HD television channel (in Europe, Asia, Canada). The OPRL is also very much committed to the social role it plays throughout the year, taking music to sections of the population with little or no experience of classical culture. It makes a particular effort to reach young people, via educational workshops, activities in schools, thematic concerts (including “L’Orchestre à la portée des enfants”), and especially, since 2015, through the establishment of neighbourhood orchestras with the ReMuA association (El Sistema Liège).

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