BBC Philharmonic
12 Mar 2015, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Ravel's Bolero in Nottingham

BBC Philharmonic
Ravel's Bolero in Nottingham
19:30 Thu 12 Mar 2015 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
This Latin-spirited concert features music from Bizet's opera Carmen and Ravel's Bolero.
This Latin-spirited concert features music from Bizet's opera Carmen and Ravel's Bolero.

Programme

Concert Information

The powerhouse rhythms of Ginastera's 1941 ballet Estancia launch this Latin-spirited concert, continuing with Lalo's atmospheric Symphonie Espagnole, inspired by the virtuoso violinist Pablo de Sarasate and the composer's own partly-Spanish origins.

Bizet's opera Carmen initially offended Parisian audiences but its seductive melodies ultimately won the day, as you can hear in Juanjo Mena's selection from the 1st and 2nd Suites for orchestra. In Ravel's immortal Bolero there are just two tunes, obsessively repeated over an unstoppable crescendo, but the composer's matchless orchestration weaves a powerful spell, all the way to its ecstatic conclusion.

Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Professor Robert Adlington, University of Nottingham: ' The strange familiarity of Ravel's Bolero'