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
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.
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