- Francis Poulenc 1899–1963
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
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.