Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Prom 36: Pierre Boulez, Ravel and Stravinsky

A Prom with the BBC SO conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth. Boulez: Figures - Doubles - Prismes. Ravel: Frontispice; Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. Stravinsky: The Firebird.

Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth, performing Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird. Marc-André Hamelin plays Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

Presented by Katie Derham at the Royal Albert Hall, London

2pm:
Pierre Boulez: Figures - Doubles - Prismes

2.20pm:
Ravel (arr. Boulez): Frontispice

2.25pm:
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

2.45pm:
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 Symphony Orchestra for Ravel's jazz-influenced Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, commissioned by the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein.

[First broadcast on Wednesday 12th August]

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Pierre Boulez

    Figures - Doubles - Prismes

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
  • arr. Boulez Ravel

    Frontispiece

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
  • Claude Debussy

    Reflets dans l'eau

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Firebird

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Karina Canellakis.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Symphonic Suite from "Gloriana", Op.53a

    Singer: Robert Murray. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Edward Gardner.

Credit

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra

Broadcast