You can’t keep inspiration down. The chugging of a steamboat on a Swiss lake fused in Michael Tippett’s mind with memories of Beethoven and Vivaldi, and his Second Symphony burst into vibrant, bustling life. The young Joseph Haydn took a drinking song and a thunderstorm and crafted them into a symphony designed to delight his aristocratic employers. And Maurice Ravel wrote his darkest piano concerto for a war-wounded pianist who’d lost his right arm. Three of music’s most imaginative minds, separated by three centuries: Martyn Brabbins joins forces with pianist extraordinaire Jean-Efflam Bavouzet to bring them together and let them strike sparks off each other.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet reflects on the piano works of Ravel.
The main concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.