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CBSO - Ravel, Britten and Shostakovich

Stuart Flinders introduces orchestral music by Ravel, Britten and Shostakovich, the powerful Tenth Symphony, performed by the CBSO conducted by Nicholas Collon.

Stuart Flinders introduces music by Ravel, Britten and Shostakovich, performed by the CBSO conducted by Nicholas Collon at Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

Colour is a striking feature of the CBSO's concert which features arrangements of two of Maurice Ravel's piano masterpieces from his collection "Miroirs". Benjamin Britten's youthful song cycle "Les Illuminations", inspired by the Symbolist poetry of Arthur Rimbaud completes the first half, sung by soprano Sophie Bevan; whilst the concert culminates with one of Dmitri Shostakovich's most powerful and personal statements, his Tenth Symphony, written for a large orchestra in written during the telling period immediately following the death of Stalin. This large scale piece is described by the CBSO as "one of the Twentieth century's ultimate musical epics".

Part 1

Ravel (orch. Colin Matthews): Oiseaux Tristes
Ravel: Alborado del gracioso
Britten: Les Illuminations

INTERVAL:
(From CD)
Britten: Cello Sonata
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)
Benjamin Britten (piano)

Part 2

Shostakovich: Symphony No 10

Sophie Bevan (soprano)
CBSO conducted by Nicholas Collon.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Maurice Ravel

    Oiseaux tristes (Miroirs: No 2), orch. Colin Matthews

    Music Arranger: Colin Matthews. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Alborada del gracioso (Miroirs: No 4), arr. for orchestra

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Les Illuminations Op 18

    Singer: Sophie Bevan. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Cello Sonata Op 65

    Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich. Performer: Benjamin Britten.
    • Britten: Cello Suites & Sonata.
    • LONDON.
    • 15.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No 10 in E minor, Op 93

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Peer Gynt Suites No.1 & 2

    Music Arranger: Duke Ellington. Ensemble: Duke Ellington Orchestra.

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