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".
Ravel (orch. Colin Matthews): Oiseaux Tristes
Ravel: Alborado del gracioso
Britten: Les Illuminations
Britten: Cello Sonata
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)
Benjamin Britten (piano)
Shostakovich: Symphony No 10
Sophie Bevan (soprano)
CBSO conducted by Nicholas Collon.