BBC Philharmonic
13 Jan 2017, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
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BBC Philharmonic 2016-17 Season New Perspectives

BBC Philharmonic
New Perspectives
19:30 Fri 13 Jan 2017 The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Ravel and Shostakovich
Ravel and Shostakovich


      • Noctuelles (arr. Stucky)
      • Oiseaux tristes (arr. C. Matthews)
      • La vallée des cloches (arr. C. Matthews)World Premiere
      • Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
      • Symphony No 8 in C minor


Concert Information

When Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein lost his right arm in the First World War, he asked Ravel to write him a piece he could play with his left hand alone. The remarkable result will be played tonight by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, a BBC Philharmonic favourite and the work's most brilliant living champion. The three recent orchestrations of pieces from Ravel's piano cycle Miroirs include the world-premiere of a BBC Philharmonic commission. Alongside these, Nicholas Collon unleashes Shostakovich¹s Eighth Symphony, a wartime work of such immense power that the Soviet authorities ultimately banned it.