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Prom 36 (part 1): Pierre Boulez, Ravel and Stravinsky

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall in London, Francois-Xavier Roth conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Boulez's experimental work Figures - Doubles - Prismes.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth with Boulez and Stravinsky. Marc-André Hamelin plays Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

Pierre Boulez: Figures - Doubles - Prismes

6.55 pm

7.15 pm
Ravel (arr. Boulez): Frontispice
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Stravinsky: The Firebird

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

Textures and colours are to the fore in this concert with a French accent. Our triptych of Stravinsky ballets continues with The Firebird - the work that seized the ears of Paris's elite with its urgent rhythms and evocative Russian folk melodies. We celebrate Boulez's 90th-birthday year with his first work for full orchestra, a sophisticated experiment in colours and timbres. Marc-André Hamelin joins the BBC SO for Ravel's jazz-influenced Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, commissioned by the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein.

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 24th August at 2pm.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Wed 12 Aug 2015 18:30

Music Played

  • Pierre Boulez


    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra


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