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Proms 2015 Prom 29: Stravinsky, Messiaen & Ravel

Prom 29: Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Messiaen & Ravel
Prom 29: Stravinsky, Messiaen & Ravel
18:30 Fri 7 Aug 2015 Royal Albert Hall
Nicholas Collon conducts a programme of some of the most exciting music of the early 20th century, from Stravinsky’s 'Symphony in Three Movements' to Ravel’s 'La valse'.
Nicholas Collon conducts a programme of some of the most exciting music of the early 20th century, from Stravinsky’s 'Symphony in Three Movements' to Ravel’s 'La valse'.

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Mozart’s Idomeneo owes its ballet sequence to the influence of French opera, and it launches a programme featuring two Frenchmen who idolised Mozart: Ravel and Messiaen. Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G adds a jazzy colouring to its Classical influences, while Oiseaux tristes and La valse contrast the doleful calls of lost forest birds with a dark, swirling portrait of the disintegration of Vienna. The world premiere of a recently rediscovered work by Messiaen – originally intended for the composer’s Éclairs sur l’au-delà – brings more birdsong (that of the tui from New Zealand), while Stravinsky’s urbane neo-Classical Symphony combines piquancy and elegance.