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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.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Part 1

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Scythian Suite

      Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thomas Søndergård.
    • Maurice Ravel

      Piano Concerto in G major

      Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thomas Søndergård.
  • Interval

    • Joseph Haydn

      Piano Sonata No 11 In B flat major, H.16.2 (1st mvt)

      Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
      • Chandos : 10942.
      • Chandos.
      • 1.
    • Claude Debussy

      Mazurka

      Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
      • CHANDOS : CHAN-10743.
      • CHANDOS.
      • 10.
  • Part 2

    • Igor Stravinsky

      The Rite of Spring

      Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thomas Søndergård.
  • Post-concert

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      We shall rest, Op.26 no.3

      Singer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Performer: Ivari Ilja.
      • Rachmaninov Romances.
      • Ondine.
      • 1.
    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Sad night, Op.26 no.12

      Performer: Ivari Ilja. Singer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
      • Rachmaninov Romances.
      • Ondine.
    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Everything passes, Op.26 no.15

      Singer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Performer: Ivari Ilja.
      • Rachmaninov Romances.
      • Ondine.
      • 22.

Credit

Role Contributor
Performer BBC National Orchestra of Wales

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