Live from the Sage, Gateshead
Presented by Catherine Bott
The Northern Sinfonia and conductor Thierry Fischer perform a programme of music from the 20th Century inspired by jazz set alongside on Beethoven's mighty symphonies.
Ravel first heard jazz on a tour of the USA in the early 1920s and his Piano Concerto was written under its intoxicating spell "Jazz is a very rich and vital source of inspiration for modern composers" he said and the concerto fizzes with syncopations and 'blue notes'. Jazz also makes an appearance in the suite from Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale, along with folk, tango and Lutheran Chorales as the story of the soldier being tricked by the devil unfolds. Beethoven's 4th Symphony completes the programme.
Stravinsky: Suite from The Soldier's Tale
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Imogen Cooper (piano)
Thierry Fischer (conductor).