BBC Music Day: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
From the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, BBC NOW under Thomas Sondergard. Prokofiev: Scythian Suite. Ravel: Piano Concerto (soloist: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet). Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring.
From The Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas
Principal Conductor Thomas Sondergard directs the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Plus Prokofiev's Scythian Suite and Ravel's bitter-sweet Piano Concerto in G with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
Prokofiev: Scythian Suite
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
8.20 Nicola Heywood Thomas talks with tonight's soloist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and as part of BBC Music Day, she finds out about the BBC Concert Orchestra's recent Ten Pieces Assemblies project in schools.
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (conductor)
Stravinsky's ballet score for The Rite of Spring provoked a riot when it was first heard in Paris in 1913. Commissioned by Diaghilev for his Ballets Russes, the jarring harmonies and pounding rhythms whipped the audience into a frenzy. For all its modernity, much of The Rite is based on traditional folk melody, but through Stravinsky's boundless energy and inventiveness, it still has the power to shock today. Prokofiev's Scythian suite matches Stravinsky for it's sheer scale. Also commissioned by Diaghilev - in the wake of The Rite - Prokofiev's score was to be another violent and primeval ballet. When the great impresario lost interest, Prokofiev adapted his score into a dazzling concert suite, rarely heard today partly due to its size (9 percussionists and 8 trumpets). Ravel's G major concerto is a crystalline miniature, perfectly crafted with elements of jazz, romanticism and impressionism all cheek by jowl in the outer movements. The classically inspired middle movement opens with an achingly beautiful melody, simple yet heart-rending.
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