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Le boeuf sur le toit

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by their associate artist, Ludovic Morlot, in a programme of surrealism, jazz and a 'hymn to free and happy man'.

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by their associate artist Ludovic Morlot in a programme of surrealism, jazz and a "hymn to free and happy man".

Live from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester
Presented by Tom Redmond

Milhaud: Le boeuf sur le toit
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

Music interval

Prokofiev: Symphony No.5

Steven Osborne (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Ludovic Morlot (conductor)

The BBC Philharmonic is joined by Associate Artist Ludovic Morlot for a French first half. Jean Cocteau's Surrealist theatrical spectacle from early 1920s Paris, choreographed to Milhaud's colourful score introduced the Parisian audience to vivid characters. It was so popular a bar was named after it. The music fizzes with South American dances and catchy tunes. The end of the same decade saw Ravel inspired by jazz; the BBC Philharmonic is joined by Steven Osborne for Ravel's luscious and characterful G major Piano Concerto. Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony sees a move to the East for a "symphony of the grandeur of the human spirit" - Prokofiev's own phrase used in a broadcast on Radio Moscow around the time of its premiere. Gripping from first note right through to the breathtaking Finale, Prokofiev was at his happiest when he penned it.

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Darius Milhaud

    Le Boeuf sur le toit

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Ludovic Morlot.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Concerto in G

    Performer: Steven Osborne. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Miroirs: Un barque sur l'océan; Alborada; La vallée des cloches

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Symphony No.5

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Ludovic Morlot.
  • Misha Mullov-Abbado

    Some Things Are Just So Simple

    Ensemble: Misha Mullov Abbado Group.
  • Billy Joel

    Waltz No 2 for piano, 'Steinway Hall'

    Performer: Hyung‐ki Joo.
    • Billy Joel: Op. 1-10, Fantasies & Delusions for solo piano: Richard Joo.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Henry Purcell

    Hornpipe; Air No 3; How blest are the shepherds; Chaconne (King Arthur)

    Ensemble: Tafelmusik. Director: Jeanne Lamon.
    • SONY.

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