A Prom with the BBC Philharmonic under Nicholas Collon. Mozart: Ballet music (Idomeneo). Ravel: Piano Concerto in G. Messiaen: Un oiseau des arbres de Vie (Oiseau tui).
Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain.
Another chance to hear the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Nicholas Collon, performing works by Mozart, Stravinsky, Messiaen and Ravel, including his piano concerto with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet as soloist.
Presented from the Royal Albert Hall by Petroc Trelawny.
Mozart: Idomeneo - ballet music
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Messiaen, orch.Dingle: Un oiseau des arbres de Vie (Oiseau tui) (world premiere)
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
Ravel, arr. C Matthews: Miroirs - Oiseaux tristes (BBC commission - world premiere)
Ravel: La valse
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)
Nicholas Collon (conductor)
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.
[First heard on 7th August]
Pierné: Les Cathédrales
Juanjo Mena, conductor.