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BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Debussy, Ravel, Ibert, Stravinsky

From St David's Hall, Cardiff, BBC NOW under Thomas Sondergard. Debussy: Prelude a l'apres midi d'un faune. Ravel: Sheherazade. Ibert: Flute Concerto. Stravinsky: The Firebird.

Principal conductor Thomas Sondergard launches the new season with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, opening chapter one of a story-telling year of concerts. The intensely colourful Firebird was the first of Stravinsky's big three ballets for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Debussy's pipe-playing faun was famously brought to life for Diaghilev's company by the dancer Nijinsky, but the original score was a ground-breaking moment for the composer, establishing his suggestive and sensuous world of musical impressionism. Flautist Emily Beynon returns to Wales as the soloist in Ibert's lively concerto, and Sarah Connolly sings of the enchanted flute in Ravel's exquisite setting of poems based on tales from One Thousand and One Nights.

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas
Recorded last Thursday at St. David's Hall, Cardiff

Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Ravel: Shéhérazade
Ibert: Flute Concerto

8.30 During the interval, Nicola Heywood Thomas talks to tonight's soloists and listens to their recent recordings.

8.50 Stravinsky: Firebird (ballet)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)
Emily Beynon (flute)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (conductor).

2 hours, 25 minutes

Music Played

  • Paul Dukas

    Villanelle for horn and piano

    Performer: Peter Damm. Performer: Peter Rösel.
    • Französische Musik für Horn und Klavier.
    • Berlin Classics.
    • 9.


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Performer BBC National Orchestra of Wales


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