“I composed one scene for each of the 46 illustrations of the book, with music as wide-ranging as this humorously wild story. The Berliner Philharmoniker’s staff and crew compared the experience to a film being edited in real time. And as all of the diverse aspects of the production were assembled, everyone expressed both surprise and pleasure how everything ‘fit’ together. I challenge anyone to experience my “Travels of Babar” without at least a smile!” — Raphael Mostel

Babar is at the very heart of my conception of what turns a picture book into a work of art. My favorite among Jean’s books, “The Travels of Babar” is full of alarming and very amusing twists of fate…dazzling, dramatic… Beneath the pure fun, the originality of style, and the vivacity of imagination is a serious and touching theme: a father writing to his sons and voicing his natural concern for their welfare, for their lives… Jean’s bequest to his family, and the world, shines from the books.” — Maurice Sendak

 Alan R Kay conducting prior, non-HD production at Florence Gould Hall - photo: Jay Muhlin for Source Music, Inc.

Alan R Kay conducting prior, non-HD production at Florence Gould Hall - photo: Jay Muhlin for Source Music, Inc.

 Berliner Philharmoniker, Stanley Dodds conducting World Premiere of the new production of Raphael Mostel’s  Travels of Babar (Babar auf Reisen) , and European Premiere of the complete work - photo: Kai Beinert

Berliner Philharmoniker, Stanley Dodds conducting World Premiere of the new production of Raphael Mostel’s Travels of Babar (Babar auf Reisen), and European Premiere of the complete work - photo: Kai Beinert

 Berliner Philharmoniker - photo: Cecilia Oomes

Berliner Philharmoniker - photo: Cecilia Oomes

 Berliner Philharmoniker - photo: Kai Berinert

Berliner Philharmoniker - photo: Kai Berinert

 Berliner Philharmoniker - photo: Kai Berinert

Berliner Philharmoniker - photo: Kai Berinert

 Berliner Philharmoniker, percussionist Clemens Bütje at a dramatic moment - photo: Kai Berinert

Berliner Philharmoniker, percussionist Clemens Bütje at a dramatic moment - photo: Kai Berinert

 Berliner Philharmoniker - photo: Kai Berinert

Berliner Philharmoniker - photo: Kai Berinert

 Berliner Philharmoniker - photo: Carolyn Stranz

Berliner Philharmoniker - photo: Carolyn Stranz

 Berliner Philharmoniker rehearsal, Raphael Mostel, conductor Stanley Dodds and pianist Helen Collyer - photo by narrator Hans-Jürgen Schatz

Berliner Philharmoniker rehearsal, Raphael Mostel, conductor Stanley Dodds and pianist Helen Collyer - photo by narrator Hans-Jürgen Schatz

 Berliner Philharmoniker, narrator Hans-Jürgen Schatz, conductor Stanley Dodds, composer Raphael Mostel

Berliner Philharmoniker, narrator Hans-Jürgen Schatz, conductor Stanley Dodds, composer Raphael Mostel

 Berliner Philharmoniker program, with performer autographs

Berliner Philharmoniker program, with performer autographs

 New York Philharmonic, Joshua Gersen conducting,  World Premiere of excerpts from the new version for orchestra of Raphael Mostel’s “Babar’s Honeymoon”   Raphael Mostel with New York Philharmonic director of education, Theodore Wiprud  photo: Michael DiVito

New York Philharmonic, Joshua Gersen conducting, World Premiere of excerpts from the new version for orchestra of Raphael Mostel’s “Babar’s Honeymoon”

Raphael Mostel with New York Philharmonic director of education, Theodore Wiprud

photo: Michael DiVito

 Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, composer Raphael Mostel, conductor Dina Gilbert, narrators Sophie Cadieux & Pierre Brassard - photo: Caroline Louis

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, composer Raphael Mostel, conductor Dina Gilbert, narrators Sophie Cadieux & Pierre Brassard - photo: Caroline Louis

 Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Dina Gilbert conducting, Sophie Cadieux & Pierre Brassard narrating  World Premiere of the new orchestral version of Raphael Mostel’s  Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants (Le Retour de Babar au pays des éléphants)  Photo:

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Dina Gilbert conducting, Sophie Cadieux & Pierre Brassard narrating

World Premiere of the new orchestral version of Raphael Mostel’s Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants (Le Retour de Babar au pays des éléphants) Photo:

 Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Dina Gilbert conducting, Sophie Cadieux & Pierre Brassard narrating  World Premiere of the new orchestral version of Raphael Mostel’s  Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants (Le Retour de Babar au pays des éléphants)  Photo:

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Dina Gilbert conducting, Sophie Cadieux & Pierre Brassard narrating

World Premiere of the new orchestral version of Raphael Mostel’s Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants (Le Retour de Babar au pays des éléphants) Photo: