Live at the BBC Proms: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Alain Altinoglu, and pianist Francesco Piemontesi perform music by Faure, Mozart and Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe.
Live at BBC Proms: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, pianist Francesco Piemontesi and conductor Alain Altinoglu, in music by Fauré and Mozart and Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley
Fauré: Pavane (version with chorus)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat major, K595
Interval: Proms Plus
Longus's charming pastoral novel 'Daphnis and Chloe' about teenage love and pirates was written in the second century AD. Professor Tim Whitmarsh, AG Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge, discusses his work, alongside that of other early Greek writers and Judith Mackrell, dance critic for 'The Guardian' talks about how the text was used by Diaghilev to create the iconic ballet for the Ballets Russes. Hosted by Shahidha Bari.
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe
Francesco Piemontesi, piano
BBC Symphony Chorus
City of London Choir
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Alain Altinoglu, conductor
An evening of French music from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra opens with Fauré's serene, gently pulsing Pavane, elegantly recalling the French court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Ravel reaches even further back in time in his mythological Daphnis and Chloe, written for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, and set in a pastoral Greek-island idyll.
At the centre of the concert is Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 - the composer's final piano concerto, and a work of unusually introspective lyricism. Swiss-born Francesco Piemontesi, a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, is the soloist.