Live from MediaCity, Salford Quays.
Presented by Catherine Bott
The BBC Philharmonic welcomes Chief Conductor Designate Juanjo Mena to its new home at MediaCity in Salford Quays. He brings music from the sunny shores of Spain to the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal!
The Spanish side of this programme comes courtesy of Manuel de Falla and Ravel, whose Rhapsodie impressed Falla with its local colour, even though Ravel had not even visited Spain at this time. Falla's music is Spanish through and through, evoking the passion of flamenco and the heady atmosphere of the Alhambra gardens, although he acknowledges the musical trends of his French contemporaries.
The English side of this programme is from two composers born in the Greater Manchester area. The concert opens with an overture from William Walton, whose father was an Oldham organist and choirmaster. Peter Maxwell Davies, Salford's most famous musical son, wrote his tone poem as a memento of his Lancashire childhood.
Walton: Scapino: A Comedy Overture
Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
8.10pm: Interval Music
Exploring recordings by tonight's soloist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
8.30pm: Part 2
Peter Maxwell Davies: Throstle's Nest Junction
Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole
Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat, Suites 1 & 2
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)
Juanjo Mena (conductor).