26 Oct 2013 Barbican, London

BBC SO 2013-14 Season Poulenc's Figure humaine and Concerto for Two Pianos Poulenc's Figure humaine and Concerto for Two Pianos

Poulenc's Figure humaine and Concerto for Two Pianos

Played

18:30 Saturday 26 Oct 2013 Concert HallBarbican, London Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

  • Francis Poulenc 1899–1963
  • Figure humaine
  • Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor
  • Maurice Ravel 1875–1937
  • Mother Goose (piano duet) Mother Goose (piano duet) Also known as: Ma mère l'oye (piano duet)
  • Albert Roussel 1869–1937
  • Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op 42

Concert Information

We welcome three very special guests for this all-French programme: the inimitable Marc Minkowski, who has done so much to revitalise the performance of his native repertoire, is joined by two young stars of the piano, David Kadouch and Guillaume Vincent, for Poulenc's scintillating Concerto for Two Pianos. The BBC Singers premiered the composer's moving tribute to the human spirit, Figure humaine, which sets poems by Paul Éluard secretly circulated during the Occupation.

Ravel had few rivals as an orchestrator, as his Mother Goose ballet reveals, with its beguiling pavane for Sleeping Beauty, striking oriental evocations and fantastical fairy garden.

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